Raleigh band Black Bouquet is gearing up for the release of their debut album, Pray to the Knife, set for February 16, 2024, and have teased the album further with a new single titled “No More Blood” as part of the album’s rollout.
The band, known for its unique blend of genres, including 80s guitar rock, new wave, goth, post-punk, and emo reminiscent of My Chemical Romance and The Killers, is capturing the attention of diverse music fans.
Pray to the Knife promises to be a comprehensive narrative of survival after grief, exploring themes of self-worth, personal traumas, and loss through its music and lyrics.
The album’s storytelling aspect is a significant draw, offering a direct and conversational approach to its thematic content. The band’s complex and highly-composed style results from collaborative efforts from all six members, making the album an anticipated release in indie rock circles.
The first single from the album, “Run and Hide,” sets the tone for the album. It showcases the band’s early goth influences from bands like Joy Division, The Cure, and New Order, while integrating modern emo vocals. This blending of styles is a fresh approach in the genre.
The video for “Run and Hide” reflects a balance between 80s goth noir and contemporary emo styles, enhancing the emotional depth of the song. The single encapsulates the feeling of fleeing from unfulfilling life choices and the moment of clarity that leads to better decisions.
In addition to “Run and Hide,” the band has just released another video for the single “No More Blood” on December 29, as part of the album’s rollout.
Black Bouquet, having headlined OUT! Raleigh Pride and been a Hopscotch Music Festival official artist in 2023, is a band on the rise. Their unique fusion of sounds and styles, combined with emotive storytelling, positions them as a promising act in the music scene.
Watch their music video for “No More Blood” below.