War Widow was founded in Los Angeles in June 2010. Their unique style incorporates punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into the synth driven music of its time. The band was formed by ex-chef and oil painter J.P. Russel (Mellowdrone, 16 Volt), and guitar builder, Eric Blackwell… a complete nobody. Their first album was recorded and Produced by Jonathan Bates (Mellowdrone, Big Black Delta, White Sea, M83). The name of the band was taken from a line in the novel Slaughterhouse Five by author Kurt Vonnegut.
The band formed in the after-birth of a drunken bar brawl which found Russel and Blackwell, strangers at the time, fighting together to defend a drag queen. The event put Russel in the hospital with a concussion. The next day he was visited by his new friend Blackwell, and the two began a mutual friendship based on Steve Albini, Baseball, homemade beer, and early 80′s Heavy Metal.
Dave Freeman – 213 Music Director