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Blackbird Raum allow fans to stream new EP “Nevermind the Ballads”

Atmospheric folk-punkers, Blackbird Raum, are allowing fans to stream their latest EP in its entirety. “Nevermind the Ballads” features five gypsy inspired, political jigs and can be enjoyed below.



DS Staff Picks – The Torchbearer’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

Well hello there.  I’m Jerry, and I’ve been writing stories for Dying Scene for the past couple years.  You may have also seen some of my album reviews pop up from time to time this year.  2015 has been an awesome year in music.  I discovered so many new bands that I’ve given up trying to keep count.  Old and new favorites put out new albums this year, and the shows I went to were incredible (FEST FEST FEST!)  Somehow I managed to take the 75 or so potential albums I’ve liked this year and narrow that down to my 10 favorites.  Take a gander below!



Lineup announced for folk-punk festival Broken Strings (Mischief Brew, Blackbird Raum, etc)

Organizers have announced the debut of Broken Strings Music Festival, a three day concert to showcase emerging talent from the folk­-punk world. Broken Strings will be held September 25­27, at Camp Pollock (1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento, CA), an idyllic former Boy Scout campground on the banks of the American River.

The first 200 tickets are only $40 and will go up after that. First come, first serve! Snag them here.

The festival will feature over a dozen acts from across the U.S., including Mischief Brew, Blackbird Raum, Ghost Mice, Bobby Joe Ebola, Kepi Ghoulie, Dum Spiro Spero, Dirty Kid Discount, Moon Bandits, Eliza Rickman, Thee Hobo Gobbelins, The Crux, 5 Cent Coffee, Ghost Town Gospel, Chonk, Julie The Bruce, Aaron Shay, Bruce Salmon and more!

More information can be found at the festival’s official website.



Music Video: Blackbird Raum – “Cadillac Desert”

California folk punk act Blackbird Raum have released a new music video for their song “Cadillac Desert,” which you can check out over here.

“Cadillac Desert” comes from the bands latest album Destroying, which was released on March 10th via the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club label.



Album Review: Blackbird Raum – “Destroying”

Every once in a while an album will come along that seems to completely take over your life.  The anticipation builds and builds until the day you can finally sit down and give it a listen.  After that, your car, home, and work stereo is dominated by the sound of this album for a week straight.    All you can hope at this point is that the hype you have built around the album will actually be backed up by quality music.  Luckily, with Destroying, Santa Cruz folk punk act Blackbird Raum’s fourth full length effort, this is most definitely the case.

Destroying takes listeners on a journey similar to the bands’ past albums.  You will hear dark, fast, and heavy folk music before being treated to more danceable sections.  The lyrics explore the same kind of anarcho-influenced politics the band is known for.  While reading the lyrics, you’ll get angry at the world, only the have the band pull you back up and leave you with a sense of hope.  Hope that while the world we live in may be a dystopian futuristic hell, we can still do something to change it.

Destroying feels bigger and more ambitious than anything the band has ever done before.  This is partly because traditional Irish folk band Lynched plays and sings as guest musicians on just about every song.  There’s also the fact that Blackbird Raum isn’t afraid to push the envelope on what folk music can be.

The album starts out with dissonant accordion as the rest of the instruments slowly join in for a buildup that eventually explodes into a maelstrom of high speed folk in “Whitebled.”  They go on like this for a while until the end of the song when a harmonic chorus of a cappella “Ahs!” slows things down again.  Tempo changes are the name of the game in the next two songs as well with “Last Legs” starting slow and speeding up and “Grist Mill” doing just the opposite.

Those first 3 songs, along with the sludgy, crust-influenced “Cadillac Dessert,” are prime examples of the folk punk style the band has perfected over the years, but it’s the songs where the influence of backing band Lynched can be heard that set this album apart.  “Reveille,” “Hecatombe/Agustin’s,” and “The Man in the Bog” showcase just how well these two bands can work together.  They seamlessly meld the punk style of Blackbird Raum with the traditional Irish influence of Lynched.  One minute you’ll be moshing along to the ferocity and speed of ripping banjo and mandolin, and the next you’ll be dancing an Irish jig along with violin and tin whistle.  You can tell everyone on this album has an appreciation for all types of folk music, and they know how to play it well.

The most surprising songs on the album are the ones where members of Lynched take lead vocal duties. “Adder” is basically a sung poem, while “The Man in the Bog” takes passages from the comic Swamp Thing and is done as spoken word.  Each of these are set to music that evokes a feeling of being in nature as you listen to them.

The lyrical content of Destroying will not surprise long-time fans.  Taking cues from crust and anarcho punk, the lyrics focus on issues like animal rights, environmentalism, free-thinking, and humankind’s tendency to give into the comforts of modern life without thinking about the long term consequences.  The first single, “Last Legs,” perfectly exemplifies the despondent lyrical tendencies, while also demonstrating the bands uncanny ability to put together a catchy sing-along.  Lines like “What’s this dark miasma? / What’s this foul pestilence?” and “Buried in the shore again / Buried in the couch forever” will leave you pessimistic about the state of the world at first, but once everything has time to sink in, you’ll want to get out and do something about it.

Blackbird Raum has always had this magical ability of making the listener see the best of what our planet has to offer, whether that be in nature, or the people and wildlife that inhabit it.  But that’s only after you’ve processed all the filth that they’ve opened your eyes to first.  Destroying is the latest in a line of folk punk albums that see the band continue to push themselves as musicians, while also challenging the system we all make up.

5/5 Stars



Blackbird Raum streams new album, “Destroying”

California folk act Blackbird Raum has a new album out on the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club label.  You can listen to the 9-track album, called Destroying, below.

This album is a follow up to 2013’s False Weavers, which you can also find here.



DS Photo Gallery: Leftover Crack, Blackbird Raum, Union 13, Juicy Karkass at Thee Parkside SF

If the theme of the first week of February’s concerts was ska, then the name of game last week was punk – of the crust and street variety.

First band to the stage to start off the week was Juicy Karkass. The ‘punk/hip hop’ group played an interesting blend of rap, country, southern rock, and ‘punk’. The crowd was still wetting their whistle, but the band managed to garner quite the crowd.

Union 13 is one of those band’s that never gets old, and they seem to never tire on stage. This was my first time seeing the punk quartet, and they were everything I had dreamed of all these years. Energetic, hard riffs, and fast lyrics are what have made this band a benchmark in the LA punk scene.

Blackbird Raum is part of this new-ish wave of anarchist/folk/punk bands kind of spearheaded in their hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. The band has a relatively tumultuous past, and is still having some lineup issues, but you would never know. I love this type of music and so did Thee Parkside, barely allowing the band to hold the stage as fists and boots were flying.

The climax of the night’s performances centered around the NYC crust-punk band Leftover Crack, who was smack dab in the middle of their West Coast tour stint. It’s such a treat to see that, despite a few more gray hairs, the guys are just as raucous and rambunctious as ever. Many of the tracks performed have since formed into a blur, but “Gang Control” is always one of my favorites.

You can check out all of the photos from the night’s debauchery below.



Music Video: Blackbird Raum – “Last Legs”

California folk-punk act Blackbird Raum have released a music video for a new song titled “Last Legs”. The track is set to appear on the band’s upcoming album, Destroying. You can watch the video below.

Blackbird Raum will release Destroying on March 10, 2015 via Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.



Blackbird Raum announce new album “Destroying”

California folk-punk act Blackbird Raum have announced that they are planning to release a new album in February called Destryoing.

You can see a new “album logo” above, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any further details for this release.

Blackbird Raum has been reissuing some of their older records on vinyl recently, and they last released False Weavers in 2013 via Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.



Blackbird Raum (folk-punk) release ‘Under the Starling Host’ on vinyl

California folk-punk act Blackbird Raum have released their classic album Under the Starling Host on vinyl via 1859 Records. The album contains brand new artwork and layout by Joshum Harpy, and is limited to 500 copies (300 black/100 opaque purple/100 white).

You can order your copy here.

Blackbird Raum will also be re-releasing their sophomore album, Swiddenas a double LP on 1859 next spring. Their most recent album, False Weavers, was released in 2013 via Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.



Blackbird Raum (folk-punk) currently on tour

California folk-punk act Blackbird Raum have hit the road for a string of U.S. tour dates. Check out the full list of dates below.

The band released False Weavers last February via Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club.



Blackbird Raum release music video for “False Weavers”

California folk-punk act Blackbird Raum have premiered the music video for the title track off of their new album, False Weavers.

You can watch it here.

The band released False Weavers back in February.