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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

    • Dan Ibarra - Bass

    • Kyson Van Dyke - Guitar

    • Samuel Dumont - Drums

    • Sean Patrick Murphy - Guitar

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. Without a vocalist, 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 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. Although Sean had to move away to his home state of Minnesota, he is still deeply involved with the production and writing process and joins us on stage whenever occasion allows.

The most recent changes occurred in 2019 when the band brought on an additional and very talented guitarist, as well as a new drummer. The band met fellow post-rocker Kyson Van Dyke a few years ago 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.

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 have given the group new hope and excitement for sharing their music with the world.

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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