L.A. trio Blacktop Queen seems intent on bringing the muscle of post-grunge ’90s rock back, one arena-sized chorus at a time. The band — singer-guitarist Evan Ambrose, bassist Omar Ahmed and drummer Nate Lotz — debuted in February with the single “Spiderbite,” following it up two months later with the bristling “Everybody.” They continued their campaign today with “Blackout,” a song that Lotz says was very pivotal for the trio: “‘Blackout’ was written minutes after both a relationship and band break-up on the same day. This song is about a very real moment in time and led to the forming of Blacktop Queen.” Ah, good ol’ catharsis by guitars. Can we get this on the radio, like, yesterday? Fans of Filter, Stereophonics and (harder-edged) Weezer might join in this trio’s roar; three songs in, it’s not hard to imagine them playing with guys like Cage the Elephant.
||| Stream: “Blackout” and “Everybody”
||| Live: Blacktop Queen opens for Bishop Briggs on Tuesday at the Troubadour.
||| Previously: “Spiderbite”