The quintet from Phoenix, AZ specializes in coolly dark and unusual acoustic renditions of some of rock’s greatest tunes. The band’s approach centers around lush guitar arrangements, dynamic vocals, and a flowing rhythm section of bass and percussion. Oh and space, lots of space. Utterly unique in sound and style, Blacklight Acoustic Conspiracy craft their source material into interesting and often times very different versions of the original compositions, giving fans of the music a completely new way to listen to songs they know and love.
The band’s repertoire runs the gamut of classic rock royalty, each song given its own special treatment. Spaghetti western Judas Priest? Got it. Fingerpicked flamenco Scorpions? Absolutely. Creepy music box Ozzy? Ok maybe not so much of a stretch…until you hear how BAC does it! Sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes light and spacey, the depth and dynamic twists of the band’s rearrangements gives the songs a whole new feel, all with a respectful tip o’ the cap to the original artist.
One of the things that makes the Blacklight Acoustic Conspiracy tick is the immense musicianship within the band, and it’s on full display in their live performances. Vocalist Tony Noyes' intimate and dynamic vocals entices the listener to lean in, while guitarists Michael Ennis and Brian Jones provide intricate and nimble fingered guitar work that’s a staple in the rearrangements. Bassist Chris Catero, who also produces the band’s recorded music, has served low end duties for ex-Megadeth guitar god Marty Friedman and Dokken drummer Wild Mick Brown (who guests on their version of the Dokken classic “It's Not Love”) amongst others. His free flowing finger style along with percussionist Gary Sanchez's Latin flair creates a distinct rhythmic movement to the music. It's a wide palette of music and styles, often peppering their renditions with experimental effects, alternate tunings and layered, sometimes unusual vocal harmonies.
The band's current live set features selections from Queen, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Rush, Motley Crue. Judas Priest, Foreigner, Dokken, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Dio and others, with an ever expanding repertoire. The band also records studio versions of most of their songs which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other streaming and download platforms.