Writing a song called ‘MURDERER’ but ending with the words “L.O.V.E for everybody”, you need to be a band that is aware of certain circumstances. First, political activism and criticism of the system is necessary to protect human lives. Second, the world is a networked community in its feelings of anger, confusion and compassion. And third, making dark pop music can be a tool to channel just that.Dark Pop is the balancing act between clean and distorted, between analogue and digital, between condemning and uniting, which BLACKOUT PROBLEMS – founded in 2012 and consisting of Mario Radetzky (vocals, guitar), Marcus Schwarzbach (bass, vocals), Michael Dreilich (drums) and Moritz Hammrich (guitar, vocals) – dares to do. A balancing act that seems to bring the tensions of contemporary ‘black and white’ debates and genre-spanning diversity to its dizzying pinnacle. The Shape of Pop to come? On DARK, their third full-length album which will be released on 01.15.2021, the band announces with deft clarity on the opener ‘MURDERER’ that anger has to be transformed.