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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 train hopping, squat culture. The band had played in anarcho-punk, indie, metal, and ska bands and then, learning traditional music from jams, contradances and festivals, made based somewhere right in the middle of punk, metal and folk. Their repertoire includes folk songs with Appalachian influenced time signature gymnastics that owe much to crust, hardcore, and metal and slower, drone influenced folk pieces with three, four, and five-part vocal harmony.

Avoiding the retro aesthetic of many other folk punk bands, they write music that addresses abusive police, modern alienation, ecological devastation, creeping ambiguity and vague fear, but also stories of resistance, mythology, a strong sense of community, and a deep love of a natural world constantly on the verge of collapse.

Critics began to take more notice when 2013’s “False Weavers” saw the band change their sound. They incorporated more adventurous studio elements, bringing in many more instruments than on previous records. The earlier split with Hail Seizures saw the addition of fiddle and galician pipes, but “False Weavers” brought synthesizer, resophonic baritone guitar, bouzouki, and post-recording manipulation.

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  • necro_daemon

    New album is awesome!!!!! Folk punk as a fuck!!!

    22 Mar 4:00pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    I fucking love this band <3

    12 Mar 1:06am Reply
  • Maagikki

    @coleheideman: Think most of it is just assholes trying to make them out as some kind of "anarcho-folk punk tryhards", which, if you've ever heard them talk about it, is the last thing they're going for. As for tales of them being assholes IRL, couldn't say, haven't met them. To be fair, some of the stuff they post in social media does make me cringe from time to time.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • EllenDegenerate

    I don't get why everyone is so big on these guys? No hate here but they are really really dull to me.I can dig folk punk (idk if that's what you'd call these guys, some of you obviously did) but every other act just seems to do it better. Their style isn't cookie cutter at all but I just can't get into em...

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • coleheideman

    Still don't get the hate for them.

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RedArmada

    Never trust a white "anarchist" who looks like a crystalgazing minstrel from a forest of dumpsters and eats nothing but rotting sauerkraut

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RedArmada

    Definitely among the most embarrassing bands I've ever seen in my life.

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Prince_Goro

    Summer of 2014 - outdoors, camp, bros, fires, drunken singalongs and swidden.

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • necro_daemon

    Awesome folk punk band! Brazil loves you!

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • haunted_body

    Cashmach1ne, да, на них ещё с 1950-х играют.

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Cashmach1ne

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

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • 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
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