Genre: [refuses label / listen]
Formed in 2004, in Santa Cruz, CA, while wilderness squatting, Blackbird Raum was a haphazard group composed of other squatters in the area. They disbanded & regrouped, forming the new direction they’ve gain notoriety for wandering down, organizing themselves into a more cohesive group, & learning from their fuck ups as they went.
Their music is atmospheric & melodic, painting a bleak portrait of modern society. It’s late night car rides thru empty cities.
Their sound includes accordion, washtub bass, washboard, saw, & mandolin. An interview with them over at Times of Malta goes in-depth with the group regarding their influences, ranging from William Blake to ancient myths, folk to punk, pirates to traveling kids.
Apparently their first dollar was made while busking by a man on a date who paid them to leave. I wasn’t there to hear how they played, but if that’s what we have to go off of, they’ve dramatically improved since.
Honey In The Hair