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Blacks’ Myths: forging new sounds

Washington DC duo Blacks’ Myths, comprising Luke Stewart on bass guitar and electronics and Warren G. ‘Trae’ Crudup III on drums, bring their pulsing, hypnotic jazz-punk to Chelmsford’s Hot Box as part of the monthly Jazz Sunday events.

As a token of appreciation to this blog’s valued readers, a number of tickets for a mere £8 are available (entry price is £12.50 without code/on door). Book here now, as they are sure to be snapped up quickly. The code is ‘BLACKSMYTHS’.

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They are visiting the UK to appear at the prestigious Supersonic festival with the likes of Lankum, Hey Colossus, and Josephine Foster among many other notable acts.

Blacks’ Myths in concert. Copyright: Rafael de Oliviera.

The manifesto of Blacks’ Myths in full:

Blacks’ Myths is a core duo of Luke Stewart and Warren Crudup III. Using electric bass guitar, electronics, and drums, the group chooses to build walls of sound in dynamic variation. Complex loops and ecstatic melodies outline the pieces, creating a compelling sonic story line. The deeper purpose however are [sic] in the intention of the Music, the messages delivered into the vibrations. The group is concerned with the idea of History, of Memory, of the power of creating a tuned state of being. For through the journey in sound lies the meditation on the history of blackness, the personal memory lens of an increasingly complex world full of alternate facts and rehashed stories. History thus becomes Mythology, in the ways in which we experience its weighty meanings in our lives. Through accessing the power of Sound, the story unfolds in physical frequencies that can re-tune the sub-conscious being otherwise known as the Spirit. The specific historical themes comes from lived experience, stories told.

Blacks’ Myths II

The group’s most recent LP, Blacks’ Myths II, consists of 13 tracks from a three-day marathon recording session in the summer of 2019. The album was recorded live with no overdubs. Rolling Stone rated the LP one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2019.


Blacks’ Myths don’t get to Europe often and it’ll be a privilege to host them in Chelmsford on 3 September 2023. Jazz Sunday begins at 15:00 with DJ Funkendick spinning vinyl delights; Blacks’ Myths are due on stage at 18:00.

The Blacks’ Myths performance will be the latest in a series of shows promoted by this blog. This has included shows by psych-folk act Sairie, techno king Sergio Vilas, electronic body music legend David Gooday (Nitzer Ebb/Stark), and saxophonist extraordinaire Zak Barrett.

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