Root Strings is very excited to announce that we are now working with Black & White Motion Picture. Black & White Motion Picture is a budding rock band out of Denver, Colorado; with its influences in classic rock, blues, and funk. These six fascinating individuals have come together to form a retro-rock sound. They dextrously balance tackling serious topics in their music, whilst maintaining a good sense of humour; about themselves and about life.
The core of “Black & White Motion Picture” formed in 2018, when frontman Josh met Tony, working at a brewery. Tony noticed Josh playing air guitar, and they bonded over wanting to cover “Gay Bar” by Electric 6. Josh was in a different band at the time, but that soon fell apart, mainly because they “sucked”; and he and Tony started (yet another) failed band. However, it was after that band split that BWMP formed. Simultaneously, Josh had plans to see an old school-friend of his, Bart, later that night for the first time in over a decade. They were briefly in a band together during high school but had fallen out of touch. They got to talking about music and “Gay Bar” come up – it was like fate. Bart asked, “do you guys need a drummer?”, and the core of BWMP was formed.
They soon met Cory, Jules and Gus; who were all part of another band called “Upstairs Neighbor”. Once “Upstairs Neighbor” disbanded, the guys recruited Jules to sing; Cory to play guitar; and Gus to play bass. “Black & White Motion Picture” was complete.
Perhaps the best way to understand the hilarious dynamics between these friends is to take a look at their recently released music video for their song “Mild Life” (linked below), which was written and conceptualised by Tony. In the video, we see Josh interview his fellow band members as guests on a fictional, cheap, public access talk show, “Late Last Night with Josh”; set against a shower-curtain backdrop of the red-light district, Shinjuku, Tokyo. Each band member takes on a persona for the show – Josh is the host, Bart his side-kick, Tony a magician, Cory a chef, Jules a disinterested actress, and Gus a taxidermist. The band’s personalities and antics are captured through this comedic lens, Josh gets sick of being the host, and they transform into the sensational musical act for the night, “Black & White Motion Picture”. Black & White Motion Picture’s new single “I Can Be Cruel Too” is out now on all streaming platforms. All updates can be found on BWMP’s social media pages and website, which you can find linked below.