Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters is a Post-Rock band formed in 2016 based out of Utah.
- Kate Hoffmeister – Vocals
- McKay Green – Guitar
- Kyson Van Dyke – Guitar
- Dan Ibarra – Bass
- Samuel Dumont – Drums
Former Members and Contributions:
- Sean Patrick Murphy – Guitar, Drums, Production (OWK, IOP, NPS)
- Randy Beasterfield – Drummer (IOP)
McKay, Sean and Dan played together in an indie-rock band until early 2016, but due to a toxic relationship with the vocalist the band decided to part ways. The 3 remained friends and their love of post-rock music made it an easy transition to get back together and start a strictly instrumental rock band. Free from that toxicity, the creative process flowed much more organically for all of them and it didn’t take long to complete their debut album in early 2017.
McKay’s background as a guitarist and bassist is more historically punk and alternative, which is in stark contrast to Sean’s death metal roots both as a drummer and guitarist. Dan’s background was as a guitarist in mostly alternative rock and folk bands, but he has fully loved his transition to bass, as well as still contributing in production with synth and guitar parts.
2019 brought several changes. Sean had to move away, so the band brought on a very talented guitarist and shortly after a new drummer as well. The band met fellow post-rocker Kyson Van Dyke in 2018 when they played a show along with his prior band. They were very impressed with his chops and sound, and are honored that he accepted the invitation to join the group. He’s the kind heart and true joy of the band.
The band has gone through a few drummers over the years while looking for the right fit that aligns with the overall vision, goals, and style of the group. After some ups and downs they finally found the match that was always meant to be when they finally hooked up with Samuel Dumont. His talent, energy, and beautiful personality gave the group new hope and excitement for sharing their music with the world.
There were big plans in effect for 2020 that included a U.S. tour that was going to be capped off by playing at Post.Fest in the Fall. Obviously, the pandemic had other plans for the band. The biggest silver lining for the year had to be when the band decided they’d bring on some extra sound into the group with a synth player and vocalist. Kate Hoffmeister, friend of the band, stepped up to the plate and we’ve all been enamored by her talent and sound. We can’t wait to share with the world what we cooked up. Newest Album set to be released on July 22, 2021.
“Once We Knew The World Well” is an emotional musical journey and a unique historical perspective of human conflict, world war, and personal struggle as seen through the lens of Black Flak’s debut album.
“It’s Only Permanent” takes a darker turn from the visible societal conflicts to the much more painful individual struggles within.
“Ad Meliora” The band’s 3rd full length album journeys from the darkness towards something more hopeful. Available on July 22, 2021. Stay tuned 🙂
Influences include Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, Pheobe Bridgers, A.A. Williams, Godspeed you! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, The Pirate Ship Quintet, Evpatoria Report, Mogwai, MONO, pg.lost, Daturah, Caspian, Giants, Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, The Pirate Ship Quintet, If These Trees Could Talk, Oh Hiroshima, The End Of The Ocean, I Hear Sirens and many other great post-rock and prog-rock bands we are continually discovering.
1.Prologue: A Penny To Spare Me Your Thoughts 07:26
2.Chapter 1: Why Do You Live So Hard? 04:37
3.Chapter 2: Crastinus Dies 05:26
4.Chapter 3: Fall Before You Wake (feat. Sara Lloyd) 08:11
5.Chapter 4: Overthinking Oblivion 05:25
6.Chapter 5: Forty-Four Sunsets 03:39
7.Chapter 6: I’ve Grown, I’m Growing, I’m Still Unknowing 06:03
8.Chapter 7: Ad Meliora 06:46
9.Chapter 8: Let’s Not Waste New Tears On Yesterday 10:25
10.Epilogue: We Have Nowhere To Go But Everywhere 06:41
CDs in Europe:
The concept of growth towards something better, to move on from past mistakes, tragedy or darkness is a path fraught with continued struggle. But in retrospect, as a tree cycles through the seasons, each with its respective challenges, the subtle growth over time is monumental.
released July 22, 2021
McKay Green – Guitar, Rhodes
Kyson Van Dyke – Guitar
Samuel DuMont – Drums
Kate Hoffmeister – Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Dan Ibarra – Bass, Synth, Production
Recorded at Archive Recordings, SLC
Mixed by Wes Johnson
Mastered by Marc Felish
Negative Paradigm Shift
released March 19, 2020
Recorded at Leaden Echo.
Mix and Mastered by Sean Patrick Murphy.
It’s Only Permanent
1.It’s Only Permanent, Part 1 05:42
2.Burning at Both Ends 04:33
4.On a Good Day We Can See The End From Here 03:18
5.Sunny Day Anhedonia 03:38
7.Bird Without Feathers 03:50
9.It’s Only Permanent, Part 2 04:12
10.You’re Gonna Carry That Weight 03:19
This second full-length album takes a dark turn from the visible societal conflicts to the much more painful individual struggles within, and tackles intense issues affecting millions of lives throughout the world.
released January 10, 2019
Drums – Randy Beasterfield
Guitar – Sean Patrick Murphy
Guitar – McKay Green
Bass – Dan Ibarra
Recorded at Beasterfield Studios, SLC, UT
Mastered by Andy VanDette, Evolve Mastering, NYC, NY
Once We Knew the World Well
1.Once We Knew the World Well 06:40
2.Live On Your Knees or Die On Your Feet 06:23
3.Avro Lancaster 03:05
4.The Difference Between Surviving and Living 07:05
5.From an Infinite Multitue of Individual Wills 10:22
6.Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori 04:32
7.And There Was a Great Calm 08:09
An emotional musical journey and historical perspective of human conflict, world war, and personal struggle as seen through the lens of a post-rock band’s debut album.
released June 13, 2017
Sean Patrick Murphy – Guitar, Drums
McKay Green – Guitar
Dan Ibarra – Bass
Recorded at Leaden Echo.
Mix and Mastered by Sean Patrick Murphy.
Bright post rock band from Salt Lake City, Utah.
They use layered textures of experimental, progressive, dark, alternative, neo classic, indie, on a cinematic background.
Its melodies are long, complex, immersive, multifaceted, with an exquisite refinement and refinement in chords and arpeggios, with beautiful fingerings in counterpoint with an enveloping, whispering and creepy voice, full of sliding riffs, high, precise, distorted, marked by a jutting bass with intense and powerful drums on both beats and a cinematic dark ambient keyboard.
His latest release “Ad Meliora” is a masterpiece intertwined in creativity and ambiguous feelings that show a soundscape full of details that border on brilliance, surpassing his stupendous debut concept album “Once We Knew the World Well”.
Without a doubt, it is the best album of the year, an explosion of feelings reflected in arrangements with an amazing mastery and resourcefulness, capable of absorbing our attention from the first note uttered.