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LABEL: Susstones
FORMATS: Physical, Digital

Band Members

Ed Ackerson: Guitar, Vocals
Ashley Ackerson: Bass, Vocals
David Jarnstrom: Drums


BNLX's full-length debut "LP" follows up on the band's acclaimed (and now very rare!) series of handmade, limited-edition quarterly EP releases. Band members Ed Ackerson (guitar, vocals), Ashley Ackerson (bass, vocals), and David Jarnstrom (drums) went into the renowned Flowers Studio in Minneapolis and banged out this collection of their catchiest, most energetic and mysterious material yet.

Highlight tracks include the singles “Vibrant”, “1929”, "Devil You Know" and “Everything Must Go”, plus awesomized versions of BNLX favorites “Meet Me on the Barricades” and “Burn the Boats”. The band took the album format as a challenge, determined to make a release that was vital and engaging from top to bottom in the tradition of the classic indie rock records they love. Tracks like “Got Nothing On You”, “Everything Must Go”, the corporation-baiting “Message From HR”, and fifty second opening riff blast/German language singalong "999" are anything but filler. The band's trademark sonic experimentation, wry crypto-revolutionary rhetoric, and fun and freaky textural juxtapositions are present now more than ever. Breathlessly clocking in at just under 36 minutes, there's not a wasted second on the first BNLX full-length ride!

BNLX is a 100% DIY enterprise, writing, arranging, performing and recording everything in the 55408 on its own agenda in the service of the Industry of Human Happiness.


“A visual and sonic onslaught live, their sound is propelled by thundering beats, driving fuzzed out bass and Ed and Ashley’s vocals floating over the top. ” - The Silent Ballet

“Blistering post-punk inspired rock, with male/female, call-and-response vocals, feedback, harmonies, old- school drum machines and ridiculously catchy choruses.” - Brooklyn Vegan


November 15th, 2012. By Chris Riemenschider for StarTribune.com

Rock couple Ed and Ashley Ackerson take it to another level on their group's first full album.

After a couple of years of flirting, it was about time Ed and Ashley Ackerson went for it. And I'm not talking about getting married.

One of the Twin Cities music scene's royal couples, the longtime Polara bandleader and Flowers Studio guru (Ed) started a new band with the Mood Swings darling (Ashley) two years ago, three years into their marriage. Funny that their musical hook-up took so long, although they had already more or less joined each other's bands.

The act they finally formed, noisy and feisty fuzz-rock duo BNLX, is just now getting around to releasing its debut full-length album. Not that the Ackersons have been sitting around idly. Succinctly titled "LP," the new record follows a string of seven EPs that the couple wham-bammed with surprising frequency and consistency since BNLX's inception, each similarly titled "EP #1," "EP #2," etc.

Turns out those EPs were integral to the concept that Ed and Ashley had for their duo from the get-go, a vision somewhat blurred -- but in good ways -- by the recording of "LP." Now joined by drummer David Jarnstrom onstage, the couple will celebrate the release with a two-night "BNLX Fest" with eight of their favorite bands Friday and Saturday nights at Cause.

"We wanted to have this continuous musical dialogue and not be seen as trying to do anything too precious," Ed explained. "We wanted this group to be nothing but fun, and those EPs were really a lot of fun."

Those short collections also had a logistical advantage. As the owner of Flowers, Ed often works on his own projects "in short bursts" between outside acts who book the studio. Of late, that has included Motion City Soundtrack (he co-produced their new album "Go") and the much-ballyhooed one-day Replacements session with Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson for an upcoming Slim Dunlap tribute EP. ("Speaking strictly as a fan, it blew me away how good it turned out," he said.)

After the seventh BNLX EP, however, it became apparent that a full-length record was the next logical step. "So many people just kept asking when we were going to do it, we sort of just gave in," Ashley recalled. Ed added, "A lot of people on the business end of things don't really take you seriously until you put out a full-length."

The Ackersons and Jarnstrom certainly took the making of "LP" seriously, holing up for many days over the summer to create a cohesive but varied mix from the band's sonic palette. Tracks range from the poppier New Orderly gems "Everything Must Go" and "Vibrant" to the dark and snaky "Peacock Throne" to the snarky punk workout "Message From HR," a song inspired by Ashley's job at a local retail corporation.

But they didn't want to lose the fast and loose energy of the EPs, so the 36-minute album whizzes by in a dizzying whirl. It's no coincidence that the record begins and ends with the two most spastic songs, the snarling 50-second burst "999" and the rapper-mocking finale "Mixtape." Best of all, the cover features a photo of the Ackersons' cuddly Boston terrier, Wiggy, his payoff for letting Mom and Dad hang around the studio.

"We still had a lot of fun making this," Ed confirmed. In other words: mission accomplished.

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