Tucson's The American Black Lung formed in 2004 as a chance for a few friends to pay homage to all the bands and musical movements that helped shape the members themselves. Growing up listening to everything from hardcore to sixties era garage bands to classic rock, the members of the American Black Lung consider themselves "connoisseurs" of all things "rock' n 'roll." The ABL is not afraid to experiment with their song writing incorporating as many dynamics as possible while still keeping the underlying theme of raw rock and roll in all their songs. The musical diversity The ABL displays has worked in their favor greatly, as the band is capable of winning crowds over regardless of the crowd's specific musical partisanship.
Over the years The American Black Lung has shared the stage with an incredibly diverse roster of bands, including: Zao, Haste the day, Further Seems Forever, Sinai beach, Blindside, Inked in blood, Boy sets Fire, Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, the Bled, Armor For Sleep, and Beloved, just to name a few.
In May of 2005 The American Black Lung self released a five song EP titled "God Bless (the ABL)".
With a lineup change in the Winter of '05, the ABL were ready to record their first full-length. They entered the studio in early '06 to record "...An
d They Rode Their Weapons into War."
Between recording and the release of "And They Rode..." the ABL have completed two national tours and the entire Warped Tour.