The Black Heartthrobs are a four-piece melodic garage rock band from Culver City. Punk bassist for Osker (Epitaph), David Benitez switched to vocals/guitar and is joined by Jane Greely, Mark Yates and Diana Salier. David studied songwriting from 70’s power pop icons Peter Case (Plimsouls) and Berton Averre (The Knack). Irreverent lyrics and catchy choruses abound in their indie white collar rock.
Can you tell us when was the moment you knew music needed to be your life's work?
Probably when I held a guitar and girls started talking to me. Ha! Sad, but true. And then it just became an addiction. I can’t stop studying music and writing songs. It’s the most developed avenue for me to express myself.
Where does the soul of your music come from?
I think the soul of our music comes from our meditation/eastern beliefs and our underdog mentality. Jane and I meditate daily and have gone on 10 day silent meditation retreats. We also have a scrappy Los Angeles sorta chip-on-our shoulder attitude that I think makes us work hard.
What is at the heart of your music?
The heart of our music IS me and Jane. We’ve been the core founding members of the band and we’re married. Both of our personalities and our relationship have shaped the music.
How would you describe your sound to people who may have not heard your music yet?
It’s heavily influenced by 60’s and 90’s rock… like The Beatles and Pavement. We also have a strong singer/songwriter component. I focus A LOT on the lyrics. But what do I know? At our last show, someone said we sounded like The Red Hot Chili Peppers. But later that night, the same guy tried to give us mushrooms.
How much love do you put into putting music together?
Lots of love. We’re obsessed with music. It’s important to love it, but you gotta put in the work and do it every day.
Who is your latest music dedicated to?
We recently released the song, “Long Cold Summer (for Roy Loney).” The song was co-written by Peter Case (The Nerves, The Plimsouls). He wanted the song to be dedicated to his dear friend Roy Loney who was the original singer of the band The Flamin’ Groovies. Roy recently passed away.
As you create more music for the world to sing to, what is the ultimate goal?
Our goal is to keep making music that we are proud to release. We want to share intimate and crafted catchy music.
Is there music that you aren't prepared to release yet? Why?
Well mostly we’re waiting for me to mix a few songs. Ha! But we DO have an extra album worth of songs that didn’t make our album Back To Zero. We also wrote songs for the musical Big in Japan, but I don’t think the musical will ever get made. Maybe we’ll release the songs anyway.
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The Black Heartthrobs website – https://theblackheartthrobs.bandcamp.com/
Our latest video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRShndhgjLs
Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBlackHeartthrobs