THE BLACK STRING THEORY delivers arena-size, emotion-charged indie/rock/alternative with a compelling sense of urgency and a discernible dark edge, infusing piano, rhythmic guitars, drum loops and layers of synths, providing the perfect platform for their powerful and emotive vocal.
THE BLACK STRING THEORY was first conceived in July 2009 inspired by what founder and multi-instrumentalist Scott van Dort views as "a quest for self-liberation". A self-titled EP was released in April 2010, mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer, Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Switchfoot, Mat Kearney) and mastered by Tim Young (Editors, Massive Attack, The Clash, Bat For Lashes) at Metropolis Mastering in London, UK. The EP received glowing reviews with critics often drawing comparisons to Muse, Radiohead, Keane, and Coldplay.
After the release of the EP, van Dort enlisted the services of drummer Mann Baldanza who had enjoyed success with the band, Lustra amongst other bands. Having spent years performing in traditional rock bands on the live circuit amassing years of experience performing throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S, the desire was to create something unconventional and liberating. Thus, THE BLACK STRING THEORY live performances alternate between hypnotic solo performances whereby van Dort juggles vocals, keyboards, and guitar, backed with pre-recorded loops and synths, to a duo incorporating a live drummer, and finally a more traditional 5-piece band set-up.
The song 'A Lifelong Mystery' from the 2010 EP was a semi-finalist in the 2011 UK Songwriting Contest, while ‘Too Late' was featured in the closing credits of 2010 award-winning Australian short film, ‘Home'. By the end of 2010, THE BLACK STRING THEORY was named as one of five ‘Artists To Watch 2011' on the Gothic International website and one of five ‘Artists To Follow 2011' on the In-D Scene website.
In April 2011, work commenced on a full-length album due for release in March 2012. The first single 'This Clouded View' was released on May 13, 2011 via iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Napster. Epic in every sense of the word and again showcasing The Black String Theory's ever expansive sound, the single was produced and mixed by the band and Mastered by Miles Showell (Dido/Doves/ Portishead/Travis/The Verve) at Metropolis Mastering in London, UK.
The lyrics revolve around love, loss, liberation, the trials and tribulations of post-adolescence and the yearning to find one's place in the world. Noted by fans and critics alike is a dark and ominous edge to which van Dort says, "I often think of a Depeche Mode interview where Dave Gahan said their music somehow appealed to the oddball, the person looking for something a little bit different and I feel like THE BLACK STRING THEORY speaks to those people too".
THE BLACK STRING THEORY is a welcome addition to a ‘Brit-Rock' inspired scene currently enjoying resurgence in the States. The recent U.S. success of UK outfits (Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Florence and The Machine etc.) has influenced American versions of the genre, however THE BLACK STRING THEORY is not a tribute act, nor imitator; they too have foreign credentials. Before moving to Los Angeles, in addition to Australia, van Dort has also called Holland, Canada and the UK home and concludes; "Life is a journey. Music is a journey and there's definitely a nomadic side to THE BLACK STRING THEORY".
Grab hold - the journey has only just begun...