Blacklist 9 was formed in 2013 by drummer Lonnie Silva and his son, Kyle Silva. The father-and-son duo began writing material in their garage, and they quickly recruited some local musicians to fill out the remainder of the band.
In 2014, the band recorded their first demo entitled 'Madness' at Busy Signal Studios with producer Jerry Danielsen (Smile Empty Soul). The band performed dozens of gigs up and down the West Coast throughout 2014-2015, and they began building a name for themselves in the local scene. In 2017, the band continued growing a local following and landed a spot supporting John 5 at the infamous Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA. Shortly thereafter, the band got back to writing new material, and in 2017, they tracked another demo which they began sending out to labels, radio stations, and local concert promoters. The band secured airplay on several dozen college and internet radio stations. In early 2018, the band was picked to support Metalachi, and then their song ‘Mental Hostage’ was featured in USA Network TV show, Shooter. Shortly after, the band was called back to the Canyon Club to support Accept. After the release of Mentally ILL Legally Sane, the album 100,000 streams on Spotify and their song Stand In Line landed number 11 on Australias' 89.5 FM Sweet Sunday Sounds. Being played all over the world and landing on multiple top ten list on College Radio. BlackLIst-9 looks to continue their momentum with a tour and a new album in the future.