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About Us

Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters is a Post-Rock band formed in 2016 based out of Utah.

    • McKay Green - Guitar
    • Sean Patrick Murphy - Guitar
    • Kyson Van Dyke - Guitar
    • Dan Ibarra - Bass
    • TBA - Drums

McKay, Sean and Dan played together in an indie-rock band until early 2016, but due to a toxic relationship with the vocalist the band decided to part ways. The 3 remained friends and their love of post-rock music made it an easy transition to get back together and start a strictly instrumental rock band. The lack of a vocalist made the creative process flow much more organically for all of them and it didn't take long to complete a full album worth of songs.

McKay's background as a guitarist and bassist is more historically punk and alternative which is in stark contrast to Sean's death metal roots both as a drummer and guitarist. They have both progressed and fused their influences into a strictly Post-Rock sound wherein if you listen carefully, you may still pick out some of the darker death influence combined with the more alternative rock riffs melodically merged into a unique sound even to the instrumental post-rock genre. Dan's background as a guitarist was mostly alternative rock and folk, and it was only a few years ago that he transitioned to and fell in love with the bass.

Sean has recently moved away but is still deeply involved in this band with writing. In order to help fill out the sound in the studio and on-stage the band has brought on a new very talented guitarist. We met fellow post-rocker Kyson Van Dyke a couple of years ago when we played a show together and were very impressed with his chops and sound, and are honored to have him join the group.

We've gone through a few drummers over the years as we looked for the right fit that aligns with our vision, goals, and style. After some ups and downs we've finally found the match that was always meant to be. We'll tell you more soon ;) We're very excited to see what these new changes will bring and have high hopes for our future.

The Music

"Once We Knew The World Well" is an emotional musical journey and a unique historical perspective of human conflict, world war, and personal struggle as seen through the lens of Black Flak's debut album.

"It's Only Permanent" takes a darker turn from the visible societal conflicts to the much more painful individual struggles within.

The band has already started to work on new songs for an upcoming 3rd album. Stay tuned :)

Influences include Godspeed you! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, The Pirate Ship Quintet, Evpatoria Report, Mogwai, MONO, pg.lost, Daturah, Caspian, Giants, Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, The Pirate Ship Quintet, If These Trees Could Talk, Oh Hiroshima, The End Of The Ocean, I Hear Sirens and many other great post-rock bands we are continually discovering.

Website and IOP Artwork by: @itsbobrobert

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