Black Belt Theatre is, proudly, a very mid-western band.
Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, they embrace the long, beer fueled winters. And the hot, beer-fueled summers.
They live and breathe the DIY rock-and-roll ethos of the mid-west.
But this is no basement band. The pedigree here is strong, with all of the members having come from prior groups with national attention.
In the mid-90’s, John’s band Alligator Gun was signed to Relativity Records and became a seminal punk rock powerhouse that included future members of The Promise Ring and Dashboard Confessional.
Tim and Steve comprised one half of Bender, a popular Milwaukee rock act that released an album on TVT Records in 2000 and toured the country with several major artists.
Bert was also a key part of the late 90’s post-grunge Milwaukee explosion, being a member of The Buzzhorn, who released an album on Atlantic Records.
Having all stepped away from music for 10+ years following the demise of their previous bands, they joined forces in the fall of 2013.
They immediately began writing music for what would become “Hibernation Termination”, their debut album.
The objective was simple. In a music climate where loud, straight-ahead rock and roll was being pushed to the fringes, they wanted to make a record that rocked.
Released in the fall of 2014, “Hibernation Termination” set the foundation for the band.
In the summer of 2016, they set about to make an album that would define the band.
The common thread that ties the four of them together is their love for late 70’s/early 80’s power rock.
Think Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, UFO, April Wine, etc. Throw in modern influences like Danko Jones, Eagles of Death Metal and the like, and you have a recipe for a fresh, but somehow familiar sound.
This direction was taking its early form with “Hibernation Termination”. But in the writing of their follow-up, it became the template.
So they wrote. And re-wrote. And revised.
They tested their new material live, with shows that were becoming known for their cock-thrusting bravado.
The summer of 2017 brought the release of “Superbitch”, the second album. A record that pulls the entire vision together in the form of eight concise power-rock songs.
Dripping with sing-along melodies. Heavy on the guitar.
It’s the kind of album that the band members themselves would have loved in their teens.
It sounds like “now”, but it will remind you of “then”.
The anticipated second release. The band’s vision is fully realized here, with further nods to classic power rock like Cheap Trick and UFO, but in a style all their own. Eight concise tunes dripping with sing-along melodies and loud guitars. ROCK!!! Superbitch by Black Belt Theatre
BBT has been nominated for the following 2018 WAMI categories:
Best Hard Rock Artist
Song of the Year (“Too Much, Too Soon”)