Rock / Pop Punk / Alternative
MAX STEGER - SONGWRITER, LEAD GUITAR
JOE LEVAND - LEAD VOCALS, BASS
SHAWN NYSTRAND - RHYTHM GUITAR
GREG GERARD - DRUMS
NATE WETHY - BASS
Blacktop Mourning, a rock/pop punk band from Chicago was started by Max Steger, after playing guitar in clubs since he was 11 years old, and working with renowned producers and musicians. Max wrote and arranged these songs that more closely reflected his vision at age 15. A blend of melodic pop punk vocals and lyrics laid over heavy rock, distorted guitars, he ended up with his debut ep, "BLACKTOP MOURNING". It features a rock opera, a kick ass ballad, sing along pop punk songs and lyrics that will haunt you for days. Max brought on Joe Levand to join with BTM early on. After a couple of lineup changes to find a better fit for the band, in early 2007, Jevin Kaye and Nate Wethy were added to complete the band's rhythm section. With catchy hooks and upbeat arrangements completed, the EP was recorded with Doug McBride at Gravity Studios in Chicago (home to FalloutBoy and Rachel Yamagada). Joe Levand took over the lead vocals on our major release, NO REGRET this year bringing his unique vocals to the band, after playing bass for the last two years. When the EP dropped, and within two weeks of that self-release, MTV approached BTM and offered to license the music for use on "Meet the Barkers Season 2". What? We obliged and the rest is..well, all over MTV! Within two weeks, other music producers from MTV asked for the music to be featured not only on their shows, but also offered to license the music to television, films and video games. Now, a little more than a year later, we are traveling almost full-time,recently signed with Adam Duritz and his newly formed label, T-Recs and continue to perform. We ended up on 12 MTV Reality Shows being one of the most played bands in 2006, performed live at SXSW this year for DirecTV, played at STUBBS during SXSW, BAMBOOZLE, and heading to WARPED TOUR 2007. A year to remember, for sure! THANK YOU ALL! IWe're nothing without you.
Our CD "NO REGRET" is in stores now and has received incredible reviews. Check it out!
We couldn't be more proud of this work --and think you'll enjoy its new sound and productions - as well as a few new songs featuring the amazing Adam Duritz! We are busy working our way to your towns! We've made more than 55,000 friends on MySpace this year and grown to love meeting even more of this new family in person! Thanks for the amazing support because without you, it just wouldn't be as much fun. Tell your friends to listen and to check us out at:
PUREVOLUME.COM/BLACKTOPMOURNING , and our new and Official Website: BLACKTOPMOURNING.COM
So that's the update for now. Thanks so much to all of you...."we'll never forget this."