Wednesday, September 26, 2007

'Blackfire' pick at Rolling Stone

Congratulations to Blackfire, and not just for their music, but for sounding out the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, and besides they're just really good people.

Fricke's Picks at Rolling Stone

Native American Punks Blackfire are a punk-rock family — brothers Klee and Clayson Benally and their sister Jeneda, on guitar, drums and bass, respectively — with a direct line to another. CJ Ramone produced their 1994 EP, and Joey Ramone’s final recordings were his guest vocals on 2002’s One Nation Under. Blackfire are also Navajo Indians who connect their distortion-warrior originals to the traditional songs of their people on [Silence] Is a Weapon (Tacoho), produced by Ed Stasium (who did the same for the Ramones). One disc is pure Navajo, ceremonial vocal-and-drum music. The second disc is pure ire, CBGB-hardcore-matinee protest with jolts of ancient chorale. Of special note: “Alien,” written by Indian folk singer Peter LaFarge (as “I’m an Indian”) for his 1965 LP On the Warpath — a title that describes the way Blackfire raise their voices, like a painted-desert X, for anyone with a righteous fight on their hands.

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