Sin City Presents Magazine December 2018 Volume 5 Issue 11 - Page 24


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In-Depth with Frank Black of Staren Black

Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen

Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen: Hi Frank! It’s been so great working with you so far with MBM Music. I am glad we have a chance to sit down and do this interview for Sin City Presents Magazine. First of all, what’s the story behind the name? It’s obvious that the band likes to wear black!

Frank: Hi Alison, it’s good to be here and working with you and MBM Music as well! We’re also ready to give Sin City Presents Magazine and the readers a more in-depth view of Staren Black.

We love to wear black for sure (LAUGHS). It presents a uniform front and a good solid backdrop, if you will, along with us to make the instruments stand out while we perform; setting the focus secondly on the band and primarily on the music.

As far as the story behind the name Staren Black, this is a question I get asked quite a bit. I generally flip that around and ask the one who’s asking what they think it means. I’ve received some really creative answers to that; however, I’ll tell you right now. It’s the place I go to when I write music. It’s not necessarily the value of black, but more of a mindset that I become enveloped in. That I create from.

It was during one of these times in the process of constructing sequences in my head, that the name came to me. And I thought that it perfectly encapsulated what this was all about.

Staren Black is a four-piece hard rock powerhouse based in Phoenix Arizona that really stands out both musically and lyrically. This is a band that makes you think. While enjoying their musical interpretations of the message they are putting out. It truly was a pleasure to get in-depth with founding member and guitarist Frank Black to learn more about Staren Black.