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Blacklist Royals stream track “I Don’t Care”

Nashville punks Blacklist Royals are now streaming their track “I Don’t Care” which is off of their new album titled Model Citizen (releasing later this month) through Paper + Plastick Records. 

This will be the band’s first full-length release since 2014’s Die Young With Me.

Check it out here.



Blacklist Royals announce new album “Model Citizen”, stream title track

Nashville punks Blacklist Royals have announced plans to release a new album titled Model Citizen through Paper + Plastick Records.

You can give the title track a listen below.

This will be the band’s first full-length release since 2014’s Die Young With Me.



DS Exclusive: Rob Rufus (Blacklist Royals) talks about his upcoming memoir, “Die Young With Me”

The market for music-industry memoirs is a cluttered, albeit typically enjoyable one. There’s a bit of a standard flow to what makes most of these works successful: one-part entertainment, one-part shock value, one-part precautionary tale, one-part paean to the music that helped guide them through. Special attention is typically paid to those times when an individual crashed and burned due to their own behavior, only to have mustered up some redemption on the other side. As long as the names are somewhat familiar and the stories are lurid and riddled with enough sex and drugs and rock and roll to go around, it generally makes for a compelling and fulfilling (though not entirely ground-breaking) couple of days to dissect cover-to-cover.

If we’re using that, then, as the sort of loose framework from which many a good (or at least widely-read) rock and roll story was generated, it makes little-to-no sense for a guy like Rob Rufus to throw his trademark fiddler hat in the proverbial ring. If you’re even a casual peruser of Dying Scene and you’re not familiar with Rufus by name…well…that’s exactly the point; over the last half-dozen years, we’ve written four- or five-dozen stories about the band for which Rufus is not only the drummer but one-half of the twin-brother duo that makes up the band’s core (hint: they’re called Blacklist Royals).

Rufus’ memoir, Die Young With Me, is due out September 20th (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) and it is, by no stretch of the imagination, a standard fare rock and roll tome; the bulk of the story takes place largely between Rufus’ 12th and 19th birthdays, and a quick run through the “sex, drugs and rock-and-roll” litmus test reveals intimate encounters that rarely escalate above teenage backseat-of-mom’s car heavy petting, drugs that include names like “bleomycin” and “cisplatin” and “something called VP16,” and a rock and roll band that’s effectively unknown to the masses. Put ‘em together and what have you got? Probably the most compelling page-turner of the genre (or any true-life genre) in recent memory.

You see, the Rufus twins grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, a middle-of-nowhere town if ever there were a middle-of-nowhere town; a rest stop on the way from..well…from Louisville to Pittsburgh, I guess? Punk rock culture, or most any culture really, was virtually nonexistent. Were it not for one fateful trip the brothers took to a family reunion in Richmond, Virginia, that might still be the case. The duo spent the better part of a long weekend poring through the music collection of their cousin Anthony, who despite being only a few years older than Rob and his brother Nat, was already steeped in Richmond’s mid-1990s punk scene.

With a newfound love for punk music in tow, the brothers headed back to rural West Virginia with a new outlook on life and music…and a healthy dose of inspiration. “The best thing about punk rock to me (was) that nobody was really that good!” says Rufus with a laugh. In many ways that trip spawned a period of what has now been close to twenty years of writing and making music. “In a lot of ways,” explains Rufus, “(Die Young With Me) is a kind of love letter to punk rock music and how awesome it was for a kid from the middle of nowhere to hear anything like that.”

At first glance, the phrases “love letter to punk rock” and “most compelling page-turner of the genre in recent memory” may not realistically overlap. But then again, there’s a huge part of the story that’s been left out so far unless you’re familiar with the drugs listed above. At the age of seventeen, just as his band (then called Defiance of Authority which frontman Nat would later refer to in an interview as “pretty much the worst band name of all time”) had gotten an offer to play a week’s worth of shows on the Warped Tour (a huuuuge deal for a band of high school kids from West Virginia, or anywhere for that matter) Rufus got diagnosed with cancer; a rare, and fairly progressed cancer. “It’s called a germ cell tumor, which is basically the same makeup of testicular cancer except that it starts somewhere else in your body,” says Rufus rather matter-of-factly, at this point probably well-rehearsed in telling the details. “It was basically like a big fucking tumor in the middle of my chest.”

Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis is an unfathomable thing for most people to comprehend at any age, let alone being a 17-year-old punk rocker from Nowheresville, USA. In fact, the latter confluence of facts led to an initial inability to even get a diagnosis. The signs and symptoms were there but, as Rufus tells it, “I’d been getting progressively more sick for months, and my normal doctor was on sabbatical, and then every time I went to the doctor at a local hospital, I would see whoever was available. It was very fucking clear that something was wrong with me. But a lot of times I would go the local hospital and they would look at me, and I was in my super punk phase with big spiked bleached hair and a Black Flag shirt with a middle finger on it or whatever it may be, and they would just dismiss me.”

Once the diagnosis came, treatment came quickly and aggressively, and just in the nick of time:  “It was so bad that if I would have waited another week before getting diagnosed, I would have died. My lungs were on the verge of collapse because this tumor was so big and wrapped around my organs.” Treatment also meant shipping out of West Virginia altogether, by way of a speedy ambulance ride to Columbus, Ohio. The treatment was aggressive, about as aggressive as you’ll find for chemotherapy in a “child.” And it seemingly worked, at least for a while. Fast-forward the tape to age nineteen and the cancer would make an unfortunate, and very grave, return.

“I was first cancer-free for not even a year, or six months,” says Rufus, before explaining in detail that “the cancer came back in my hip and went in my legs and mutated. That was the only time that I really realized that they thought I was gonna fucking die. They were basically like, “well, we have this treatment that they’ve used a couple times in Japan and we can try that and we can try to make you comfortable.” And I’m like “what the fuck does that mean? I don’t want to be ‘made comfortable’!” That was a really surreal moment in my life. It was the only time through all of that that I really was like “I’m so fucked,” and that it really sunk in like that.”

Treatment for the second round of cancer involved another bout with chemotherapy, intense radiation therapy, removal of his right lung and half his diaphragm, and a series of other lengthy complications. But it also worked successfully. Now in his early thirties, Rufus has a good, if somewhat uncharted, prognosis. Before Rufus’s generation, kids with most childhood cancers didn’t really…survive. They didn’t really get better, at least not in any great numbers. “Doctors and oncologists and everybody are very aware that they don’t know what issues will come from those treatments and what issues will develop as you get older and older,” he explains insightfully. “I’m aware of all that, but I also know that there’s nothing I can do to change it other than what I’m already doing. At this point, I’m trying to enjoy my life as much as I can. I want to create as much as I can create and do my thing and have a good fucking time!”

Read this book. Seriously. It’s funny and moving and disturbing and very, very real. And the idea was helped along by a somewhat unlikely source; Blacklist Royals’ former label boss (and Less Than Jake drummer) Vinnie Fiorello. “Vinnie…was actually the first and really the only person to say “what the fuck are you doing writing these stupid fucking rock and roll songs? Your life is so much more interesting than that, and you have so much more to say than that!”

So what do you do when you have an interesting story and you finally figure out how to tell it and what to say, but you’re a punk rock drummer with no ties to the book publishing industry? You go back to your roots. “I just kind of did it like I did when I was a teenager sending out demo tapes,” explains Rufus. “I’d get books I liked and look up the author’s agent and the publisher, and I just started sending out manuscripts.”

The result is, well, it’s due out September 20th. Pre-orders are available a bunch of different places, like here. And check out our full Q&A with Rob below; it’s one of our favorites, if we can be so self-indulgent.



Rob Rufus of Blacklist Royals to release autobiography, “Die Young With Me”

Awesome news for fans of Nashville punks Blacklist Royals. The band’s drummer, Rob Rufus, has announced plans to release his first book in Spring 2017. Entitled “Die Young With Me,” the tome serves as a memoir, chronicling Rufus’ diagnosis of a rare type of Stage IV cancer as a teenager. Rufus is now on the other side of 30, having successfully kicked cancer’s ass, though the illness left obvious scars of the physical and emotional variety. “Die Young With Me” will be published via Simon & Schuster; stay tuned for more info.

If the book’s title sounds familiar, it’s the same title that Rob Rufus (above right) and his twin brother Nat (above left), who serve as the backbone of the band that has contained a number of moving parts over the years, gave their sophomore full length upon it’s release in June 2014 (Krian Music Group). The album also chronicles Rufus’ cancer diagnosis, though unquestionably in looser terms than the book will cover the same source material.

Blacklist Royals’ last release was Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure, a digital EP of The Cure cover songs, released on September 21, 2015.



Blacklist Royals release music video for “The Open Door”

Blacklist Royals have released a music video for “The Open Door.” The song appeared on their sophomore album, Die Young With Me and you can watch it via GuitarWorld here.

The band released a free covers EP, Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure, on September 21, 2015. The band’s last release of original material, Die Young With Me, was released on June 10, 2014 through Krian Music Group.



Guttermouth announce U.S. tour with Blacklist Royals

California punk veterans Guttermouth have announced a two-month long U.S. tour, which will kick off this coming Thursday (October 22nd) in Pacifica and  on December 5th in Texas. Blacklist Royals will be opening for them on selected dates, and they will be opening for D.R.I. at one show. The dates and locations are below.

Guttermouth’s latest full-length Shave The Planet was released in 2006 through Volcom Entertainment. Since then, they have released a split 7-inch with Florida punk act The New Threat and have announced plans for a new studio album and a new live album.



Free Download: Blacklist Royals – ‘Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure’

Blacklist Royals are giving away free download of their Cure cover EP, Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure. You can listen to a stream of the EP below, or download the tracks directly from the band’s SoundCloud page.

Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure was released on September 21, 2015. The band’s last release of original material, Die Young With Me, was released on June 10, 2014 through Krian Music Group.



Blacklist Royals stream cover of The Cure’s “Pictures of You”

Nashville based rock band Blacklist Royals are streaming their cover of The Cure’s “Pictures of You”, give it a listen here. This is the second cover in a series of three to be released as an EP titled “Dead Time Vol. 1: Songs of The Cure”, which will be available as a free download in the coming weeks.

They have also announced a US tour; check out the dates below.

We will keep you posted on the EP release, but if you haven’t heard their cover of “Plainsong” yet, you can listen to it here.



Video: Blacklist Royals cover The Cure’s “Plainsong”

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals recently released a cover of The Cure’s “Plainsong,” and they subsequently released a video that you can watch below.

This tune will be one of three on an upcoming EP called Dead Time Volume One: Songs of The Cure.  The EP, which will be released as a free download, also includes “A Forest” and “Pictures of You.”  We’ll let you know when it’s released.



New Music: Blacklist Royals stream cover of The Cure’s “Plainsong”

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Nashville-based Blacklist Royals; too long, in my opinion. Today, we get our first taste of what the brothers Rufus have been cooking up.

The band are streaming a bit of an obscure cover today. It’s for The Cure track “Plainsong,” which exists in its original form as the opening song on the latter band’s 1989 album “Disintegration.” Check out the cover here, and let us know what you think.

BLR’s cover of “Plainsong” is the first sneak peak at of what’ll become an ongoing covers series called “Dead Time.” Volume One features, you guessed it, songs from The Cure. Stay tuned for more info on this one, and head below to see where you can catch the fellas on tour alongside Goddamn Gallows next month!



Blacklist Royals to make cameo appearance on ABC’s “Forever”

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have made their television debut on the ABC detective show Forever. Intrigued? You can check out a promo video for the episode below.

Blacklist Royals drummer Rob explains the band’s involvement in the show’s plot-line, commenting, “Cuba Gooding Jr. is a punk rock show promoter and we find the body of a dead punk girl behind the stage of Trash Bar.”

Of course, when the band isn’t making TV cameos, they’re working on music. The band last released Die Young With Me last summer through Krian Music Group and has a few shows lined up, the dates of which you can check out below.



Blacklist Royals announce spring tour dates

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have announced several tour dates for this Spring, beginning with performances at SXSW. Check out the dates below.

The band last released Die Young With Me last summer through Krian Music Group.



Blacklist Royals release “Convicts and Choirs” (featuring Samantha Harlow)

Just in time for Christmas, Blacklist Royals are releasing a new track called “Convicts and Choirs,” and you can stream it below.  I guess the band was getting into the holiday spirit, because you can also download it for free right here.

The Blacklist Royals most recently released a full-length album titled Die Young With Me, through Krian Music Group.



12 Punk Songs To Punch Your Monday In The Face (curated by Dying Scene editor Jay Stone)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands.

This week’s installment comes to you courtesy of editor Jay Stone. He was told to come up with ten songs. He came up with twelve and was overcome with soul-crushing guilt when trying to trim anymore. You’ll just have to deal with it. Check out his list below.



Free Song Download: Blacklist Royals – “Die Young With Me”

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals are offering the title track of their latest album Die Young With Me up for free download! Give the track a listen below if you haven’t already heard it, and snag your free mp3 by clicking here.

Die Young With Me was released on June 10th through Krian Music Group. The band will be embarking on a European tour in support of its release later this month.