Blaak Heat
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Background information
Also known as Blaak Heat Shujaa (2008 - 2015)
Origin Paris, France
Los Angeles, California
Genres Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Arabian Psych
Years active 2008 - 2015 (As Blaak Heat Shujaa)
2016 - 2018? (As Blaak Heat)
Labels Tee Pee Records, Svart Records, Improvising Beings
Associated acts Nebula, Mondo Generator, Spindrift, Al-Qasar, Abrams, Moksha Samnyasin, Sonny Simmons, Ron Whitehead
Website Blaak Heat Facebook

Blaak Heat (And it's previous incarnation Blaak Heat Shujaa) is a French-American outfit whose recordings blend psychedelic rock with a number of outside sources, such as traditional Middle Eastern music, progressive rock, surf rock, spaghetti western, and metal. The band was founded by Thomas Bellier in 2008 in Paris while he was a graduate student at Sciences Po.[1] The band would gain significant praise in the stoner rock scene for their eclectic blends and creative psychedelic sounds.

to date the band had released two albums and an EP under the name "Blaak Heat Shujaa" and one album and EP under their current incarnation "Blaak Heat", all while touring the world and even collaborating with the likes of Louisiana jazz musician Sonny Simmons and Louisville, Kentucky poet Ron Whitehead among others.

History[edit | edit source]

Blaak Heat Shujaa would be founded in 2008 by guitarist/vocalist Thomas Bellier while living in France at the time. Antoine Morel-Vulliez (Bass) and Timothée Gacon (Drums) would round out the founding lineup. Bellier and Vulliez were both graduate students at Sciences Po at the time of forming. Though little is known of the band's earliest shows the band was largely performing in France around 2010.[2] That same year the band released an eponymous debut album, produced by Scott Reeder. The album would attain positive reception from the likes of Heavy Planet,[3] among other critics. Blaak Heat Shujaa would tour the next summer, performing a string of dates with Yawning Man.

The band would notably re-locate to Los Angeles, California, with Bellier and Vulleiz working with drummer Michael Amster. Signing to Tee Pee Records the band would release The Storm Generation would see release on 11 December 2012, produced by Scott Reeder and featuring a guest spot from Louisville, Kentucky gonzo poet Ron Whitehead, having toured the West Coast with him earlier that summer. The Storm Generation would gain more reviews and buzz as work began on a second studio album.[4][5]

Recording at the Sanctuary again with Scott Reeder and featuring guest spots from Whitehead and Mario Lalli, The Edge of An Era would see release circa 9 April 2013 and saw positive reviews from the likes of The Sludgelord,[6] Blabbermouth,[7] Ghost Cult Magazine[8] and MXDWN.[9] Blaak Heat Shujaa would extensively tour the United States and Europe in support of the album, appearing at the likes of Psycho de Mayo and Duna Jam.

After going dormant for a few years the band would re-surface as Blaak Heat, now a quartet with Bellier, Amster, bassist Guillaume Théoden and second guitarist Nicolas Heller. Signing with Svart Records along with Tee Pee Records, the band would record with Matt Hyde (Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, etc.) at Hydeaway Studios. Shifting Mirrors saw release on 15 April 2016 to the most extensive critical acclaim the band has attained to date, seeing positive reception from the likes of New Noise Magazine,[10] The Obelisk,[11] Louder Sound,[12] Echoes and Dust[13] and several others.[14][15][16]

The newly re-branded Blaak Heat would tour Europe for twenty-five in support of Shifting Mirrors, making appearances at the likes of Freak Valley Re-Fueled, Red Smoke Festival and Reverence Festival Valada among other gigs. A follow-up single in The Arabian Fuzz would see release the next year as the band followed up with another tour of Europe, making marquee appearances at SonicBlast Moledo, Supersonic, Cheapstock and Woolstock. The band would largely go dormant again after these shows, with Thomas Bellier concentrating on a new project in Al-Qasar while Michael Amster began playing for Nebula and Mondo Generator.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio Albums[edit | edit source]

  • Blaak Heat Shujaa (As Blaak Heat Shujaa) (2010, Improvising Beings)
  • The Edge Of An Era (As Blaak Heat Shujaa) (2013, Tee Pee Records)
  • Shifting Mirrors (2016, Tee Pee Records; Svart Records)

Other Releases[edit | edit source]

  • The Storm Generation (As Blaak Heat Shujaa) (2012, Tee Pee Records)
  • The Arabian Fuzz (2017, Svart Records)

Members[edit | edit source]

  • Thomas Bellier - Guitar, Vocals (2008 - 2018)
  • Antoine Morel-Vulliez - Bass (2008 - 2014)
  • Timothée Gacon - Drums (2008 - 2011)
  • Michael Amster - Drums (2012 - 2018)
  • Tom Davies - Bass (2015)
  • Henry Evans - Bass (2015 - 2018)
  • Guillaume Théoden - Bass (2016 - 2018)
  • Nicolas Heller - Guitar (2016 - 2018)

List of Known Tours[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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