The Blackouts were an indie band who originated in 1998 from Champaign, Illinois. They had originally been known as The Bloody Knuckles. They were signed to Lucid Records out of Deerfield, Illinois until 2005, when they changed their name to The Living Blue.
The Blackouts Bio
With full-bodied guitars and well-moulded melodies, they blend elements of late-70s punk
, 80s alternative
and touches of post-punk
and garage rock
revivalism for a rock-solid, nearly timeless sound.
Everyday is a Sunday Evening
The Blackouts' debut 10 song CD. They have an amazing and energetic stage show; not to be missed live, and not to be passed up when thinking of some new music to pick up... great vocals, great guitar work, solid drumming and tight, driving bass lines. Then throw the 60s feeling of the bass driving you to the beach or to the city to hang out with your new squeeze. The new indie rock, the new mod rock. 60s influenced Mod Rock a la The Who
/ but with more angular guitar work. Sometimes reminiscent of "Green Mind" era Dinosaur Jr
Fans of The Strokes
and The White Stripes
will this album.
Living in Blue
"...Twenty years from now we'll be talking about The Blackouts in the same way we speak of Television or The Modern Lovers - ...a great, peerless band... one of the better rock records you'll hear this year from the most refreshing rock and roll band this side of stardom... The Blackouts is like a breath of fresh air in a crowded room of rock and roll pretenders... rock and roll music is back to make an honest living. The Blackouts are your 100% proof. Drink up." - Doug Hoepker.
TV and Film
- The Blackouts had the songs "No Tomorrow" and "Open Casket Access" *Living in Blue (2005) CD - Lucid Records featured in the motion picture Waiting...
- The Blackouts also had three songs featured on the The WB/The CW's One Tree Hill.
- The Blackouts are also featured in the local Champaign cult hit "The Thoraxx II: The Breeding" with much of the soundtrack being recorded by Steve Ucherek. They are also prominently featured in many other films from Brain Smart.
The Blackouts Line-up
- Steve Ucherek - guitar/vocals
- Joe Prokop - guitars
- Mark Schroder - drums
- Pat Olsen - bass