Phot by Matt M. McKnight
Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band, The Black Tones, welcome audiences into their musical family every time they take the stage. Whether sharing an evening with the group as it opens for Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie or Mavis Staples, or rocking a late night gig as the band headlines its own show (with mother and siblings in tow) at a prominent Emerald City venue, to know The Black Tones is to be a part of their extended sonic kin.
Founded by twin siblings, Eva and Cedric Walker, the band has grown from humble beginnings in their grandmother’s basement to receiving accolades from outlets like KEXP, which named their debut LP, Cobain & Cornbread (recorded by the legendary Jack Endino), the #17 album of 2019; The Seattle Times, which dubbed the group one of the 15 Most Influential Artists of the past decade; and NPR, which named the band one of Seattle’s 15 groups redefining the city.
But while these accomplishments are lofty, Eva and Cedric keep their feet firmly on the ground, maintaining warmth and humility. The Black Tones, which has already traversed the U.S. playing festivals in Nevada, Mississippi and Oregon, and boasts their own hate group-fighting 8-bit video game, will look to the new year with vigor, releasing a 7” on Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready’s record label in March. Undoubtedly, the band will pop up on the soundtrack to a family reunion near you.