In 2006, Scott Butler, Landon Thompson and John Aldridge formed The Black and White Years, but none of them could ever have expected the surprise they got the following year during SXSW. None other than Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) just happened to catch one of their sets, and was so impressed that he produced their self-titled debut full-length release. By then, drummer Billy Potts had joined the band, and the single “Power To Change” received considerable airplay at several college and commercial stations – just the beginning of the national attention they’d continue to receive for their EP Nursery Myths (2009) and their following album Patterns (2010).
At the beginning of this year, with the release of Strange Figurines, NPR Music declared The Black and White Years a Band To Watch in 2014, and rightly so. Hear for yourself when The Black and White Years perform tonight at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. Local rock band Vallejo opens the show. And, guess what? It’s free. That’s free, your favorite price. Recommended.