The Birmingham four piece burst onto the scene early 2009, marking their debut show to a sold out Barfly. BME soon became renowned for their storming live shows. Their reputation did not go unnoticed with the quartet sharing bills with award winning (Song of the year for 'Sweet disposition' at the APRA music awards) The Temper Trap, (NME best new band 2009) Bombay Bicycle Club, Million selling Brit pop treasures The Bluetones, Nine Black Alps & Paul Weller's young favourites, DOGS. Such Shows have only added to BME's already large & loyal fan base earning them accolades from critics & their peers alike.
"Good time upbeat indie"... Paul Broome, Midland Music Maniacs.
"They have a power over the crowd"..."They're ones to watch "... Lindsey Kent, BW world press.
"A rather fine line in 60's Mersey beat tinged tunes"... The Baron, The Hearing Aid.
"A superb roof raising set of classy Rock n Roll songs"... Mark Morris, The Bluetones.
BME are an exciting Indie guitar based, bluesy Rock n Roll band who released their first EP 'FORWARD' on July 31st . With catchy riffs, heartfelt melodies, well crafted songs & anthemic tunes Black Market Empire are set to conquer.
Shaun Ponsonby - Guitar and Vocals, Tom Allen - Drums, Kurt Millward - Bass, Anthony Allen - Guitar