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Blacklite District (also referred to as bLd) is an electronic hard rock band hailing from Spearfish, South Dakota, formed in 2002 by vocalist/guitarist Kyle Pfeiffer and vocalist Roman James. In 2013, the group scored two consecutive No. 1 singles on SiriusXM Octane, landed Top 40 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart, sold over 50,000 units, and toured the country with acts such as Saving Abel, Art of Dying, Jackyl, Royal Bliss and Nonpoint as well as many others. Blacklite District's major label debut, "Worldwide Controversy", was released on April 22, 2014, after leaking to piracy sites on April 21.
The roots of Blacklite District go back to 2002 when guitarist/vocalist Kyle Pfeiffer and vocalist Roman James began jamming together at the ages of 12 and 11 respectively. After writing and recording many demos, and playing live in the Black Hills area for many years, they were discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer Stephen Short, in early 2011. After signing a production deal, Short took the band to Sonic Ranch Studios in May 2011 to record their seven-track debut release, This Is Where It Ends', which was released on November 11 of that year.
In September 2011, bLd released their debut single, "I'm Still Right Here", to hometown station KDDX (X-ROCK 101.1 and 103.5) in five states in the Midwest, where it received airplay during late 2011 and early 2012. The group followed the release of the single with a debut concert at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California on October 28.
In early 2012, bLd relocated from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Los Angeles, to start a West Coast tour, and continue promotion on the This Is Where It Ends release. On April 15, bLd was featured as a performer at the 40th Anniversary Party at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood. In May, the band finalized their video plans to shoot "Left Behind", which would serve as the band's second single. The single/video was released on August 28 to much online success.
In September 2012, bLd announced on their Facebook and Twitter pages that they had signed with Creed and Paramore manager Jeff Hanson (music executive), and would relocate to Orlando, Florida to release a new album for Silent Majority Group and Warner Music Group. It was also announced that the new album will be produced by Brett Hestla, producer of bands Framing Hanley, Tantric, and Dark New Day.
On 12-12-12, the band posted a new sample of music, which ended up being the single "With Me Now". The same day, it was announced that the advance single, "Take Me To The Grave", would be debuting on SiriusXM.
On December 19, "Take Me To The Grave" debuted on SiriusXM Octane. Three days later, the single hit #13 on Octane's "Big Uns" countdown, marking the first time Blacklite District has entered national radio charts. The song was released to iTunes on January 2, 2013. On January 3, it was announced that "Take Me To The Grave" hit #1 on SiriusXM Octane's Playlist. On January 19, the song peaked at #7 on the Big 'Uns Countdown. For the week ending January 25, the song shot onto the US Active Rock charts at #82, marking Blacklite District's debut on Mainstream Charts. On March 7, the band released "I Gambled and I Won" as the third track from the upcoming album.
On April 4, it was announced that Blacklite District would be joining Saving Abel and Art of Dying on a spring tour, marking bLd's first major tour.
The band's single, "With Me Now", was released to radio September 2013, to much commercial success. The song spent 5 weeks at #1 on SiriusXM Octane, and hit #15 on the US Rock Singles Sales chart by RadioContraband.com. The single has sold over 45,000 copies, and the EP of the same name has sold nearly 4,000 copies on iTunes.
Blacklite District launched a US tour in support of Saving Abel and released Worldwide Controversy on April 22, 2014. The album was featured in the "Top Rock Albums" on iTunes the week of release. On July 11, bLd launched a headlining tour with support from Another Lost Year and Lullwater. The band is also working on their sophomore album.