Friday the 13th couldn't have come soon enough for Auckland band Blacklistt.
Formerly known as Blindspott, the group released their self-titled debut album on September 13 after a court battle with former member Shelton Woolright earlier this year meant they couldn't use their former name.
"Hell no, it was a given when we where choosing the release date. It would have been rude not too release the album on black Friday," says Blacklistt vocalist Damian Alexander in reference to whether the band had been tempting fate. "It was actually really fortunate I'm actually quite stoked about it."
As Blindspott, the group won over a huge audience both in New Zealand and southeast Asia before Woolright left. Despite the turmoil, the former flame of model Nicky Watson, hasn't been Blacklistted.
"I will always view Shelton as a friend, He's a good guy," Alexander says. "The way I see it is, the legal battle over the name was two parties fighting for what they believed was rightfully theirs. If you choose to let that define a friendship, then so be it. I have no hard feelings."
Blacklistt kick off a national tour at Zeal in Henderson, West Auckland, on September 28.
"We have never been so amped for a tour," Alexander says.
"We have put a lot of time into crafting our songs, it's going to be sick"It's time for us to deliver and give back to all our fans for their unwavering support over the last few years."
- Sunday News