Black Coffee formed in early 2017 after drummer Tommy McCullough introduced singer/bassist, Ehab Omran, to guitarist Justin Young. Within the first few days, these artists began songwriting and the chemistry was overwhelmingly apparent. With the release of Black Coffee’s debut album, ‘Take One’, on April 21st, the Columbus, Ohio rockers definitely possess the sound, style, confidence and work ethic that created legends in music in the previous few decades. The bands style is slightly retro rock and with the recent success of bands like Greta Van Fleet, The Struts and Rival Sons they have timed the formation of the band perfectly. Black Coffee are a band that certainly appreciates a good riff and you will easily notice how they flaunt their guitarists talents within their music. Ehab Omran’s vocals pack immense power into such a small frame. He sings in a melodic manner but also at times can wail with an aggressive grit to his voice as well. The band unveiled a music video for “I Barely Know Her”. The song and accompanying video was the first taste of Black Coffee that we would receive and it sent music fans into a whirlwind. The video was filmed at the Johnstown Opera House in Johnstown, Ohio. “I Barely Know Her” was filmed, directed and produced by the extremely talented John Payne of Payne Productions, who is one of the most talented photographers in and around Columbus, Ohio. With the attitude of the years gone by and the sound of a new resurgence of the classic rock, Black Coffee parts the proverbial sea for the next generation of artists.
We were fortunate enough to speak with Tommy and Ehab of Black Coffee after their performance at Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, North Carolina. We talked about the bands quick success and playing two of the largest rock festivals in the U.S., one of which being in their hometown. They take the time to make fun of their new bass player Nick, who is the only member with straight hair. The band also talked about their new tour bus which is a converted school bus. With the success of their first video “I Barely Knew Her” we had to ask if there was plans for a new video in the future. Tommy and Ehab did let us in on one big secret, the band was recently signed to a major record label while on tour in California. Check out the full conversation with the band below and don’t miss their performance at Sonic Temple this weekend or any upcoming dates.