Slope Records will release the debut seven-inch single by newly formed Phoenix punk band THE BLANKZ on Friday, July 13. The group will make available a series of nine seven-inches, culminating in a full-length compilation of all the releases at the end of this year. The first single features the title track "White Baby" backed with "Sissy Glue". Available formats will include CD, 7-inch vinyl, cassette and digital download.
THE BLANKZ deliver infectious synth-driven punk rock with new wave elements and wear their influences like a badge of honor: RAMONES, DEVO, THE SPITS.
THE BLANKZ are Tommy Blank on vocals, Jaime Blank on guitar, Nikki Blank (THE DARTS) on synthesizer, Andy Blank on bass and Johnny Blank on drums.
What started as a casual writing project between band founders Tommy and Jaime quickly became something more as they realized they had real chemistry and shared a vision for the band.
"Jaime and I agreed from the start that we want this to be a fun band with snotty lyrics," says Tommy Blank. "There are passing mentions of drugs and partying (though I am 13 years sober) and a few non-P.C. lyrics, but THE BLANKZ have no interest in political rants or agendas."
Cris Kirkwood (MEAT PUPPETS) produced the first two sessions, which include their debut as well as the upcoming single featuring "(I Just Want To) Slam!" backed with "Baby's Turning Blue". The title track from the first record in the series, "White Baby", is about Tommy Blank. He was, in fact, a "white baby" adopted by Mexican parents in 1969. Cultural dissonance permeated his youth. He recounts: "I constantly found myself navigating situations that were either culturally Mexican or 'white' and having to figure out where I belonged in that dynamic. The punk scene provided a home away from home for me. It was a place to feel 'normal' since the scene is all freaks, deviants and social misfits."
Album artwork was rendered by Dana Armstrong with layout by Mike Fisher and band photos were shot by longtime friend Joe Cultice.