Black Peaks release video for new single ‘Can’t Sleep’

Brighton four-piece BLACK PEAKS return with their blistering new single, CAN’T SLEEP, which recently debuted on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show as their Rockest Record [Track of the Week] and included a live on-air interview with the band. CAN’T SLEEP is the band’s first new material in almost two years.

You can watch the video for CAN’T SLEEP here:


The band also recently announced that they will be playing live across the UK in May with the incredible MARMOZETS, followed by a number of high profile festivals in the summer, and can now also announce that they have signed to the brilliant Rise Records [PVRIS, Of Mice & Men, At the Drive In etc].

Following a whirlwind couple of years promoting their debut album STATUES, BLACK PEAKS returned to the studio in December 2017 with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Bushby at the helm [Muse, Foo Fighters, Dashboard Confessional] to record the follow-up. CAN’T SLEEP is the first taster of that album, and gives a strong indication of the growth of the band’s sound. This new single is also the first with new bass player DAVE LARKIN, who joined the band following the departure of founding bass player ANDREW GOSDEN.

Speaking about the single, vocalist WILL GARDNER explains:

“The song was written in response to a very difficult time for the band and for myself personally. Since writing Statues, our political environment has seen a big shift, and some extremely xenophobic and racist comments and actions have been aired in the media, towards whom a lot of the anger and fire in these lyrics is directed. Whatever your view is politically, this song deals with anxiety, paranoia and insomnia, all stemming from being swept along with a decision you do not agree with.”

New boy DAVE LARKIN adds:

“We haven’t wasted any time since I joined the band. We were straight into writing and finishing off ideas for this album, and it all came together so naturally. Getting into the studio with Adrian was definitely the right decision for all of us; he has an incredible, high-energy approach to producing, and was just as hyped about everything as we were. We’re all so proud of these songs and the end result is massive.”

On signing the band, Clare Maxwell from Rise Records said:

“We have been fans of Black Peaks for a long time and are so excited to have them join the Rise Records family. Can’t Sleep is just a small taster of what is still to come from this amazing band.”

Following UK and European shows and tours with the likes of DEFTONES – at Wembley Arena as main support – PROPHETS OF RAGE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ARCHITECTS and BURY TOMORROW as well as their own sold-out tours, the band will be playing a small selection of shows in May as support to MARMOZETS to celebrate the release of CAN’T SLEEP. The band will also be playing a number of intimate headline dates alongside several major festival appearances. Full dates as follows:


Tue 01 ST ALBANS The Horn
Wed 02 ALDERSHOT West End Centre
Thu 03 BATH Moles
Fri 04 NORWICH Waterfront | with MARMOZETS
Sat 05 DORSET Teddy Rocks Festival
Sun 06 LEICESTER Handmade Festival
Mon 07 EXETER Lemon Grove | with MARMOZETS
Wed 09 NORTHAMPTON Roadmender | with MARMOZETS
Thu 10 COVENTRY Kasbah | with MARMOZETS
Fri 11 OXFORD Academy | with MARMOZETS


Thu 12 CHELTENHAM 2000 Trees Festival
Sat 28 BRISTOL Fat Lip Festival


Sat 18 BRISTOL ArcTanGent Festival
Sat 25 READING Festival
Sun 26 LEEDS Festival


Sat 01 NOTTINGHAM McMillan Festival @ Rescue Rooms

Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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