Slope Records topman Thomas Lopez announced today that his Phoenix-based record label would be releasing his new band’s debut 7-inch single on July, 13 as well as a series of 9 more singles that will be worked into one compilation at the end 2018. “White Baby” is The Blankz premier single with a b-side of “Sissy Glue,” and will be available in CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital download.
The band consists of Lopez, aka Tommy Blank on vocals, Jaime Blank on guitar, Nikki Blank (The Darts) on synthesizer, Andy Blank on bass and Johnny Blank on drums.
“Jaime and I agreed from the start that we want this to be a fun band with snotty lyrics. There are passing mentions of drugs and partying (though I am 13 years sober) and a few non-P..C. lyrics, but The Blankz have no interest in political rants or agendas,” says Tommy Blank (Lopez).
The Meat Puppets own Cris Kirkwood is acting as producer on the first two 7-inch vinyls, and for their first installment, they are touching a personal chord for Lopez. “White Baby” is literally about him and his life being adopted by Mexican parents in 1969. The tune is delivered with a contagious synth-based punk rhythm with plenty of elements of New Wave mixed in proudly harkening back to the group’s influences like The Ramones, Devo, and The Spits.