Here at Maehem Underground Media, we will say it very plainly and clearly:
Black lives matter.
And alongside that statement, we emphatically say… BLACK MUSIC MATTERS!!
At the time of this article going live, it is Juneteenth 2020.
Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day) is a day that many Americans feel should be honored as a federal holiday, as June 19th is the anniversary of the day in 1865 when General Gordon Granger read orders in Texas to all that previously enslaved people were to be free– two whole years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
To honor both this day of Juneteenth, and to honor the ever-expanding and much needed Black Lives Matter movement in general, AND to celebrate the diversity in the underground rock scene, we here at Maehem wanted to do our best to come up with a decent list of rock bands that feature black musicians.
We hope you as our readers give this list a good look over and we hope that you find at least a few of these bands to enjoy and support underground black rock music!
Click each band name to follow a link to their social media or website!
*Disclaimer: While we tried to compile a long list of bands with black musicians, we do not claim that these are ALL the bands that exist with nothing more. We did a good amount of research, but we are aware that we may have missed some really good ones.
That being said, if there is a band you think belongs on this list as well, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We would be more than happy to keep updating the list!
Semtex: prog/death/thrash metal from the Twin Cities, MN
Amillenial: prog/thrash metal from Fond Du Lac, WI
Disappearance: metalcore from Southern WI
Palaceburn: melodic power metal from Philadelphia, PA
Straight Line Stitch : hard rock/metal from Knoxville, TN
Meet Me At The Altar : pop punk from Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey (respectively)
Please share this article with all your rock-loving friends to give the gift of sweet new tunes to their life!
As a gentle reminder, remember that rock music is open to any and ALL that wish to experience it, and the scene does not have room to tolerate racism, sexism, xenophobia, or hate of any kind against any one person or group of people!
Music is for everyone. Music is meant to bring us together.
Always remember to do your part to keep the scene safe and peaceful and open-hearted.
We are ALL in this moshpit TOGETHER!!
Header photo credit of Ron Terrell from Hi/Jack : TStarr Photography
Article written/ list compiled by