Driving Mope-Rock could be one way to describe their sound, Grave-Wave might be another. Regardless of the sonic hemispheres, the paradoxes that exist in the Los Angeles based quartet Ballerina Black are startling. Singer-songwriter Moynahan seems to be incapable of answering band and music related inquiries without delivering a hyper-metaphoric, stream of conscious response.. that’s ironically focused and congruent. This is ever-present lyrically as well. “Tears and fury are not that distant of relatives,.. and sometimes funerals are fun to dance at”. Joined by bassist Sugich in 2007, a telepathy was forged; completing their first full length (Cattle Arithmetic) in 2010 and opening for the likes of Silversun Pickups and Interpol at LA Greek Theater. The two embelished on their uniqueness with drummer Anthos and extra guitars and keys provided by Eton, after which, releasing the first of a series of EPs in late 2012 under the division titled Injureless. “Maybe if Nirvana had decided to do covers of the Cure?,.. might come close to hitting some planet of reference in the Black universe surrounding these guys sound”. What is apparent though, is the refreshingly austere catchy-ness of Ballerina Blacks message. But the biggest mystery still remains… how long is it going to take the rest of the world to start freaking out about this band?!
“Elegantly juxtaposing melancholy, with beauty and euphoria; a kind of melan-phoria if you will. Dance with all the desire of a first time pill-popper while fat tears of grief roll down your face.” -Repeat Button