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Blackbird Raum - Punk from United States - Biography & Full Album Download MP3


Blackbird Raum


Punk Band from United States formed in 2004


Blackbird Raum is a folk punk band from Santa Cruz, California, formed in 2004. They are well known for their frantic live shows and anarchist politics. They have toured Europe, the Continental US and Alaska.

2004-2007: Formation and demos

Blackbird Raum was formed in 2004 by banjoist CPN and accordionist Zack while wilderness squatting in Santa Cruz, California. The band was haphazard at first, playing gigs and busking with a band randomly composed of other squatters living in or around Santa Cruz. Initially the band was not a success, and they made their first dollar from a man on a date who paid them to leave. During this period, they wrote some of the songs that are considered their classic material, including "Honey in the Hair" and "Coal". They also recorded a demo. After some frustrations with chaotic nature of the lineup, CPN left Santa Cruz for a year to play in other projects. When he returned he and Zack agreed to try the band again and a lineup was cemented with the addition of K.C. on washboard, David on washtub bass and Mars on musical saw and mandolin. They quickly wrote new material and recorded what was to be their first album: Purse-Seine, named after the poem by Robinson Jeffers.

2007-2010: Swidden

The band were very unsatisfied with Purse-Seine and sought to quickly correct their mistakes. The result was a new album, Swidden. They went through a period of heavy touring, doing a full U.S. tour along with several others. Two years later they followed up with Under the Starling Host. During the release of UTSH, the band members set up a small collectively run anarchist record label called Black Powder to support other radical folk projects, including the Hail Seizures. After the release of UTSH the band took a hiatus for a few years, playing few gigs. After the 2011 release of the Hail Seizures/Blackbird Raum split 7" K.C. left the band.

2012-2013: "False Weavers"

In 2012 Blackbird Raum regrouped, replacing K.C. on washboard with Allen Degenerate and signing to Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club for the release of False Weavers in 2013. Recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio, the album marked a change in sound, with psychedelic touches the band has attributed to their love of Chumbawamba and Crass. Five months of touring in the US and Europe followed.

2015-present: "Destroying," Mars's departure, and "NeverMind The Ballads"

Following the release of False Weavers, the band teamed up with Dublin based folk band "Lankum" (then called Lynched) to create a new album "Destroying," released in 2015. The bands toured together following the release of the album. After the tour, the band announced the departure of Mars. Mars had been contributing to vocals and songwriting greatly, as well as playing the mandolin, musical saw and other instruments. After Mars left, the band took a short break before a short tour followed by the release of an EP titled "Nevermind The Ballads" in 2016.

Lyrical and ideological influences

Blackbird Raum's lyrics tend to paint a bleak picture of modern society, focusing on issues like the destruction of the environment, mental illness, and class warfare. They have described themselves as eco-anarchists.In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta, banjo player CPN had this to say about their political views:

It's clear that if industrial/consumer civilisation continues on its current course we will eradicate life on the planet. The sea is filled with plastic bags and there is more dioxin in the breast milk of American mothers than the amount legally acceptable for cows. Past attempts to redress the ills of capitalism have led to even worse horrors.

We’d all rather live in Sweden than North Korea, but the Scandinavians produce trash and toxic waste like any other country. Change is confusing and dangerous, but it’s a dire necessity. One thing is clear: the answer will come from people, not power.

The lyrics and song names often contain references to historical events, ancient myths and cultural icons:

"Silent Spring," which references the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

"Lucasville," a song about the riot in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

"The Helm of Ned Kelly," talking about the Australian bushranger Ned Kelly

"Old One Eye," making an incorrect reference to Odin's sacrifice in Norse Mythology.

"Ravachol in Valhalla" which references the Illegalist anarchist RavacholBlackbird Raum makes use of epigraphs from many poets and writers. Among them are William Blake, George R. Stewart, Sir Thomas Malory, Gary Snyder, Kenneth Rexroth and Black Elk.

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Band Members :   Allen Degenerate, Pale Robin, Amelia Baker, C.P.N., "Zack", Mars, David, K.C., Magnus Nymo




- Biography -

7 albums

Blackbird Raum - Never Mind The Ballads

Never Mind The Ballads

2016 - United States
Punk, Folk
Cassette Single5 Tracks
No Time Records


Blackbird Raum - Destroying

Destroying

2015 - United States
Vinyl LP8 Tracks
Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club


Blackbird Raum - False Weavers

False Weavers

2013 - United States
Punk, Folk Rock
Vinyl LP16 Tracks
Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club


Blackbird Raum - Split

Split

2011 - United States
Punk, Folk Rock
Vinyl 7"5 Tracks
Black Powder Press


Blackbird Raum - Under The Starling Host

Under The Starling Host

2009 - United States
Punk
Vinyl LP14 Tracks
Black Powder Press


Blackbird Raum - Swidden

Swidden

2008 - United States
Punk
CD Album16 Tracks
Black Powder Press


Blackbird Raum - Purse-Seine

Purse-Seine

2007 - United States
Punk, Folk
CD Album11 Tracks
Quiver Distro




- Videos Blackbird Raum -

36 Videos

Whitebled (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
All That Praises Heaven Slanders Earth (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Hecatombe/Agustin's (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Cadillac Desert (Official Video)
Blackbird Raum
Adder (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Grist Mill (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Last Legs (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Reveille
Blackbird Raum
False Weavers [Full Album]
Blackbird Raum
Honey In The Hair
Blackbird Raum
Ars Goetia
Blackbird Raum
Cities
Blackbird Raum
False Weavers [Full Album]
Blackbird Raum
Witches
Blackbird Raum
Valkyrie Horsewhip Reel live @ Knoflook
Blackbird Raum
Last Legs / / Ensorcelled Hibernation (2013)
Blackbird Raum
Witches (live in Gothenburg, Sweden)
Blackbird Raum
Disfigured Isolation
Blackbird Raum
False Weavers / Disfigured Isolation (2013)
Blackbird Raum
Catherine's Wheel (2013)
Blackbird Raum
Coal
Blackbird Raum
William
Blackbird Raum
Pistol Dance [Demo Version]
Blackbird Raum
Silent Spring
Blackbird Raum
Last Legs (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Iceworm
Blackbird Raum
Path of raven
Blackbird Raum
The Adult Knowledge
Blackbird Raum
Turning Away (2013)
Blackbird Raum
Belmont / Valkyrie Horsewhip Reel (2013)
Blackbird Raum
To the Barricades!
Blackbird Raum
Cadillac Desert (Official Video)
Blackbird Raum
The Lash (2013)
Blackbird Raum
The Helm of Ned Kelly
Blackbird Raum
Hecatombe/Agustin's (w/ lyrics)
Blackbird Raum
Still Sick Lyrics
Blackbird Raum








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