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Black Square’s sound is a blend of ska and reggae delivered with the urgency and intensity of punk rock. As reggae music was the backdrop for these Hawaii raised punk rockers, the sound of Black Square came about organically from their musical and geographical upbringing. The band’s name comes from the Russian artist Kasimir Malevich’s 1915 painting of a black square. The theory behind the painting was that the material matter of art was without value and the true value in a work of art was in the feeling it expressed or provoked—without leading the viewer to a specific object based reflection. Black Square seeks to do the same with their music. Black Square was formed as a Hardcore Punk trio in 2002. Influenced by bands like Operation Ivy, Minor Threat, Bad Brains and The Clash, Black Square’s lyrical focus aimed at attempting to raise consciousness concerning political, environmental, cultural, and economic issues—many specific to Hawaii. Black Square released their first CD “End the Cycle” in the summer of 2004. “End the Cycle’s” basic punk and reggae sound is a great musical match to the lyrics and stands up to the test of time. Written during the start of the Afghanistan invasion and Iraq war, “End the Cycle” is an early, powerful indictment against Bush-America’s global policy.

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  • jah104

    this band needs to be bigger they are so kick ass!

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tr_lovepunk

    This band has tall ass horn players, they must really blow! ;)

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • passtheglycerol

    i moved to germany and miss yourall's shows put some music up boys!

    14 May 2007 Reply