Blacklite District

The Black Hills region of South Dakota has plenty to crow about: the scenic area is rich in Native American culture and steeped in Old West lore, the great American landmark at Mt. Rushmore is there and the big noisy party that is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place there annually. And now locals have one more thing to brag about as Spearfish-based rockers Blacklite District have become one of the hottest bands in the nation.

Blacklite District plays modern metal music that's influenced by vintage hard rock sounds, enhanced with up-to-the-moment electronic styling and awash in melody and the kind of hooks it takes to get on the radio, a perfect example of which is the new Blacklite District single "With Me Now," currently positioned in the Top 40 of the Active Rock chart at FMQB, ahead of efforts by the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Stone Temple Pilots. Helping push the record up the charts is the fact that the band is on tour, tearing up the country with friends Saving Abel in tow.

Blacklite District has been together for more than a decade but have only recently become road dogs.
"It's definitely something new for us," says Kyle Pfeiffer, the band's guitarist. "It takes some getting used to. We started in a van, with Saving Abel on our first tour. We graduated up to a bus, which is broken down right now, so that sucks. But it's good; it's comfortable. We maybe don't party as hard as we want to. We love playing every night but it's also nice to get a break and go home for a couple weeks here and there. But we're holding up good."

Blacklite District has a very solid team working with them as well; their manager is Jeff Hanson who has given career guidance to Creed, Paramore and Sevendust among others and producer Stephen Short of Queen and Paul McCartney fame is also in the band's corner. There's a lyric video for "With Me Now" out at the moment but the band is getting ready to shoot a scripted video for the song while also finishing up their debut full-length, scheduled to release sometime in the spring through BLD Music/Silent Majority Records. No doubt fans in Spearfish are counting the days till then and until February 23; their local heroes will be playing a special homecoming show on that date.

Purchase "With Me Now" at iTunes here.

Watch the "With Me Now" lyric video here.

Find tour dates and more information at the Blacklite District website here.

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