Back in 2016, English post-/progressive rock band Black Peaks made quite some waves with their compelling début record Statues, which was released via Sony Music Entertainment, garnering them not only a steadily-growing fanbase, but also comparisons to respected and influential bands like Muse or Oceansize. Over the months following the release of Statues, they toured with heavyweights like the Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and even the allmighty Mastodon.
A member change on the bassist position and a signing to renowned alternative music label Rise Records later, it seems the the band are now gearing up for their next coup! They released a music video for the song “Can’t Sleep” today, which surely acts as the first single off their as of yet untitled sophomore album. You can check it out below:
…checks most of the boxes of Black Peaks‘ sound: muscular, slightly math-y riffing, a powerful and dynamic drum performance, atmospheric moments, and the compelling, versatile vocal delivery of frontman Will Gardner. Elegiac cleans meet stark screaming all throughout the song, except for in the all-clean (and mightily catchy) chorus. The heavy break provides a quantum of catharsis, as its set effectively against the more laid back moments. These four guys certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to songwriting! A tasteful guitar solo later marks the song’s ending point.
The video itself isn’t all that special; performance videos are pretty much dime a dozen in this day and age. While there are definitely some interesing elements to it (especially the lighting and visual effects), it’s not all that engaging, at least to me. And I’m not even mad about it, because that way, the focus rests more on what we’re actually here for: the music. So no harm done, I guess.
Anyway, I think that this song should serve them well in creating interest for their upcoming album; I for one will be looking forward to how it plays out in the record’s overall context! Make sure to follow Black Peaks on their Facebook page for further information about what’s to come next for them, including singles, tours, etc., and go check out their back catalogue (consisting of the aforementioned Statues and their début EP Closer to the Sun) if you have yet to familiarize yourself with the band.