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About Us

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

    • Kate Hoffmeister - Vocals

    • McKay Green - Guitar

    • Kyson Van Dyke - Guitar

    • Dan Ibarra - Bass

    • Samuel Dumont - Drums

Former Members and Contributions:

    • Sean Patrick Murphy - Guitar, Drums, Production (OWK, IOP, NPS)

    • Randy Beasterfield - Drummer (IOP)

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. Free from that toxicity, the creative process flowed much more organically for all of them and it didn't take long to complete their debut album in early 2017.

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. Dan's background was as a guitarist in mostly alternative rock and folk bands, but he has fully loved his transition to bass, as well as still contributing in production with synth and guitar parts.

2019 brought several changes. Sean had to move away, so the band brought on a very talented guitarist and shortly after a new drummer as well. The band met fellow post-rocker Kyson Van Dyke in 2018 when they played a show along with his prior band. They were very impressed with his chops and sound, and are honored that he accepted the invitation to join the group. He's the kind heart and true joy of the band.

The band has gone through a few drummers over the years while looking for the right fit that aligns with the overall vision, goals, and style of the group. After some ups and downs they finally found the match that was always meant to be when they finally hooked up with Samuel Dumont. His talent, energy, and beautiful personality gave the group new hope and excitement for sharing their music with the world.

There were big plans in effect for 2020 that included a U.S. tour that was going to be capped off by playing at Post.Fest in the Fall. Obviously, the pandemic had other plans for the band. Hopefully, that road trip will still happen for 2022. The biggest silver lining for the year had to be when the band decided they'd bring on an extra layer of sound with vocalist Kate Hoffmeister, friend of the band. She stepped up to the plate and everyone is enamored by her talent and sound. She is featured in the latest release, 'Ad Meliora'.

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.

"Ad Meliora" The band's 3rd full length album journeys from the darkness towards something more hopeful. Available on July 22, 2021. Stay tuned :)

Influences include Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, Pheobe Bridgers, A.A. Williams, 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, If These Trees Could Talk, Oh Hiroshima, The End Of The Ocean and many other great post-rock and prog-rock bands we are continually discovering.

Artwork by: @itsbobrobert & @daphneadoto

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