Check this heavy rock/metal band from Southern California. If you like modern groove metal these guys should satisfy your urge.
Formed by father/son duo, they are bringing it hard and heavy.
In this article, Anthony "MetalBrow" Savarese or Metal World Radio throws a bunch of questions at them.
The line up consists of Lonnie Silva (father/Drums), Kyle Silva (Son/Guitar), Graham Fletcher (vocals) and Josh Rodriguez (bass)
they go by the name of BlackList-9
How did you guys come up with the Band Name?

Lonnie: At first the name was “Father and Son” as a joke I shortened it to F
“n” Son, couple of people took it the wrong way and so we changed it.
Looking for a new name, commercial for T.V. show BlackList. I liked it, but it
needed something else, so I started counting to 9 and told myself that’s it!
How long has the band been in existence?

Lonnie: 5 years

Kyle: 2 years with Graham

What inspired you to form this band?

Lonnie: I’ve worked-with Kyle since he could play, but he couldn’t find drummers his age to play so at 18 he
asked me to start a band with him. I was hesitant at first, but glad I did.

Kyle: Yup that sounds about right.  

What inspired you guys to become musicians?

Lonnie: My cousin Lenny had a drum set in his room.
I would sneak into his room and play when he wasn’t around. But the bastard
would put his sticks a certain way, so he knew if someone played them.
Caught many times.

Graham: I don’t know. I woke up and said I wanted to do it.

Kyle: Jimi Hendrix, I was watching Woodstock with my dad on T.V. and saw
what Jimi was doing, how he was playing, doing those crazy dive bombs. It
inspired me a lot as a kid to play guitar.
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Is there a certain type of audience you guys are trying to reach?

Graham: All of them. But mostly people who like puppies and sharks.

Lonnie: Rock and Metalheads, young to old

Kyle: Everyone

Would you guys care to share the type of gear you guys use?

Kyle: Dean guitars, Randall Thrasher amp head, Peavey 5150 Cab, 10 Band eq, Whammy
Pedal, Mxr Delay, Boss Delay Pedal, Dunlop cry baby wah.
Lonnie: I’m a fan of Ludwigs drums. I have three kits, I use Zildjian cymbals,
D.W. Hardware, Pearl Demon Eliminator double pedals, Remo heads

Graham: Microphone

What types of music do you guys like to listen to besides metal?

Graham: Hip Hop, Punk, Hardcore, Darkwave, Goth, Folk, Outlaw Country,
Synth , Motown, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Turntablism, Spoken word, And the
lectures of Carl Sagan or J Robert Oppenheimer.
Lonnie: I like Progressive rock, oldies, Big fan of the Beatles

Kyle: Outlaw Country (Shawn James), Rap/Hip Hop (Tech N9ne/Tribe), Alternative music (Dave Matthews Band), Grunge
(STP/Pearl Jam), Classical Guitar Players (Francisco Tarrega/Isaac Albeniz), Flamenco guitar players (Rodrigo y
Gabriela/Opel Ocean)

Is there any types of music you guys don’t like?

Lonnie: Modern Rap and Twangy style of country music. But I love Johnny Cash

Graham: The current POTUS giving any speech.............But in all honesty no.

Kyle: I wouldn’t say don’t like, I am just not into. Can’t thing of anything at the moment.
If there was any type of problem in the world you guys could solve, what would that
be?

Kyle: Anyone that is a f@&king Idiot

Lonnie: Government Greed

Graham: The fact that people don't see the poverty rate, gun violence, racism, Rape, and
xenophobia are still a pretty big problem in The United States. That or the fact of how it's
ignored, swept under the rug or distracted by a Hey, everybody has problems.

Do you guys have any recreational activities you guys engage in outside of your
musicianship lives?

Kyle: Boxing, Working on cars. riding motorcycle, playing sports, working on electronics,  

Lonnie: I’m a big Drag Racing fan, owned my own dragster for several years. My best time
5.98 seconds at 213 mph in the quarter mile

Graham: Whiskey Tasting, Photography, Bartending, Cooking, Watching films, and Reading
Science magazines and news articles.

For each band member individually, what was the first concert you went to in your
lives?
Graham: Tina Turner 1992. My mother was in her band as a backup dancer and singer and then she had me so she took me on the
road with her after I was old enough to walk. First Concert I remember though was either a backyard show in Palmdale with Punk bands
or it was Ozzfest.

Lonnie: Black Oak Arkansas with the original Montrose Band, 1974

Kyle: Metallica with Godsmack. I fell asleep during Metallica set, I wasn’t allowed to go to another concert for a while.
Interview by Anthony "MetalBrow" Savarese
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