Two more Blackthorns' songs, "Fat and the Knife" and "Cinders", were later recorded by Poor Weather Club and released on the 2010 album Escondido (available on CDbaby!).
*The Blackthorns s/t CD - 2006, 6 tracks, Cinema Revolution Records
*Don't Fall Asleep v/a CD - 2007, 1 exclusive track, benefit compilation for Daybreak collective/Belfry
*Crooked Feathers 7" - 2009, 100-disc limited edition, 2 tracks + bonus CD of live recordings and rarities
Converging in Minneapolis from parts as far away as Denver, New Orleans, and rural South Dakota, the Blackthorns met through their involvement in various punk, thrash, and no-wave projects, but were brought together by their common interest in the darker sounds of traditional American folk and country music. The band collectively writes songs with a core lineup of viola, cello, banjo, bass, drums, and vocals, sometimes swapping instruments and incorporating autoharp, accordion, saw, guitar, harmonica, and industrial-style found-object percussion.
With these traditional tools, the Blackthorns play the sort of folk songs you'd expect to hear rising from the screen porch after a bomb has been dropped on a decaying Midwestern town.
Since parting ways in late 2007, Christian Petty and Cody Bourdot joined Matt Lily from Woodcat and formed Poor Weather Club. Jonathan Kaiser joined Dark Dark Dark. Jackie Beckey formed Brute Heart and Myrrh. Richard Arnold joined The Chickadee Mountain Martyrs and more recently Bisento.
"As local 'freak-folk' expands into something like a movement, distinctions become more important. Where trained traditionalists the Roe Family Singers can actually sing, and do so, the Blackthorns moan and scream, putting them on the punk side of the neo-folkie spectrum. Yet they also make spookily atmospheric instrumentals on fiddle and accordion, adding messy drums that nearly groove. The band's eponymous debut on Cinema Revolution Records sounds a little like a beat-music version of the soundtrack on HBO's gangsta western 'Deadwood', and is well worth picking up."
"Armed with classical string instruments, a hard rock rhythm section, banjos and accordions, The Blackthorns have one of the darkest, most original sounds of any local band...They were the perfect sendoff after an evening of chaotic entertainment."
--The Wake Magazine
"The band's voice might as well be a horn of some kind, as indistinguishable lyrics allow poignant howls to flow the melodious current."
--High Plains Reader
"If I had to listen to this all day, I'd commit suicide."
--Anonymous; Fargo, ND