In the pack of snarling dogs that is a music scene, scraps of praise, stage time and fans are hard-won. Somehow, Black Maria finds itself with more meat than it can eat.
You won’t see members badgering social networking friends with notices or merch. Fans spread the word, and they do it well.
A Black Maria gig doesn’t happen all that often, and when it does, it’s an event of towering amplifiers, volume you can feel in your chest cavity and a big, rowdy audience.
They don’t consider Black Maria stoner rock or metal. Instead, it’s got a lot more to do with amped-up rock and roll, punk and skateboarding. “We all came from that culture as well,” says Andersen.
Band members take in all kinds of music. For instance, two Black Marias once went to jail together for listening to Steely Dan through a guitar amp at 3 a.m. after a Melvins show. “We’re ambassadors of love, goodwill, happiness and good fucking times,” adds Banks.
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