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Blackbird Raum


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Santa Cruz, San Jose CA, United States (2004 – present)

Blackbird Raum formed out of the nucleus of a squatter community living in abandoned buildings and greenbelt treehouses in Santa Cruz, CA, in 2004. Finding themselves living without electricity, they began to learn to play folk instruments from each other and other members of the traveling punk/folk culture. They all grew up playing in anarcho-punk, indie and ska bands and then, knowing next to nothing about traditional music, slowly gathered together the skills to create a new genre of music, based somewhere right in the middle of punk and folk.

Refusing the retro cliches of many of their contemporaries, they write entirely original music (in both senses of the word) that is reflective of the world they live in: a realm of abusive police, ecological devastation, creeping ambiguity and vague fear, but also a strong sense of community and a deep love of a natural world constantly on the verge of collapse. They jump back and forth between extremely fast metal-influenced jug band dance numbers and quasi-medieval chant-and-drone while doing herky-jerky hardcore-influenced time signature gymnastics. They toured the country in a tiny truck, playing mainstream folk festivals, punk houses, squats and all ages clubs. When they aren’t touring, they play various American and European traditional music, hang out in the woods, raise children and read a lot of library books.

C.P.N. (2004 - ): Banjo
Zack (2004 - ): Accordian
K.C. (2005 - 2011): Washboard
David (2005 - ): Washtub Bass
Mars (2005 - ): Musical Saw/Mandolin


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  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 1:24pm Reply
  • Cashmach1ne

    Это он на тёрке для стирки белья играет, я правильно понимаю?

    3 Jun 9:01pm Reply
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  • ItBeYou

    I love them soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo FUCKING GREAT Even if they are ASSHOLES haha lol

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    explain how they were :so obscenely rude and arrogant:

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • zakisxvx

    They used to be one of my favorite bands. But then I met one of them. That person was so obscenely rude and arrogant it really just ruined the band for me. Friends in other states have told me they have had similar experiences with them being extremely rude and indifferent. Really unfortunate.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • NeroAsTheLife

    They're definetly making my days. So out of key(at some points even discordant),so punk (while being partially so hippy!),so raw,so poetic,so beautiful !

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • coleheideman

    what's with the hate for them?

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • whatislyf

    false weavers is the best album so far... so excited that they're coming to europe :)

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ButSheDontCare

    thank you for last night

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • dsd680

    I fucking love the violin in false weavers. makes it so creepy

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • iliveinthewoods

    False Weavers is their best album yet. They really throw a ton of new sounds in here while still keeping that amazing distinct sound they had.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • michiheuberger

    new work is a fucking masterpiece!

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Trollpacket

    Открытие прям

    18 Jan 2013 Reply


    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kadology

    so much love

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • FrontierPsycho

    This is my new obsession for the coming months. I think I listen to one other song for every nine of Blackbird Raum. I love you and want to marry you in a loud ceremony with lots of singing in wild abandon. All of you.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ettiAXYetti

    Who knows chords for "Witches"?

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Zelda-Zonk

    Who makes the wind blow, I don't care, my eyes roll back in my head !

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Baggypipes

    Just saw them at NW Folklife. Great stuff!

    27 May 2012 Reply
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