Black Earth has had a long history in the underground rock n’ roll scene. Starting out as Ving Ra and the Ultrasonic in the fall of 1997, they were San Diego regulars until Ving and founding drummer Shawn Alvear decided to move their act out to Austin Texas, the “Live Music Capital” of the world. Performing as a five piece and enduring several difficult lineup changes, it was decided that the b...and needed to be reshuffled. With Dave Rangel recruited into the ranks, the band was reborn as a three piece named Black Earth. As such, Black Earth has been a hard hitting rock n’ roll staple in Austin ever since.
Incorporating elements of the “desert sound”, biting guitar riffs and a bottom heavy sound, Black Earth’s music has won fans over many times both at home and in Europe. In fact, Ving Ra (Jason Calise) was both an important and founding member of the Palm Springs desert scene and the adrenaline fueled “generator parties” that spawned bands such as Kyuss, Yawning Man, Across The River, Fatso Jetsun and Unsound. With the departure of Shawn Alvear on drums Black Earth have since teamed up with heavy hitter Jason Reece from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.
With successful tours of Europe and the United States and having shared the stage in the past with bands such as Throw Rag, Burning Brides, Early Man, Atomic Bitchwax, Gogol Bordello, Jimmy Chamberlain Complex, Peter Pan Speedrock, Young Heart Attack, Supersuckers, The Meatmen, and legendary rockers Blue Cheer; Black Earth released their Big Ape Records debut “That’s Right, We’re Goin’ Ballz Deep”. Recorded in the heart of Austin, “That’s Right, We’re Goin’Ballz Deep” composes eight furious rock tunes guaranteed to leave the listener gasping for breath.
In late 2009, Black Earth went back into the studio to follow up on 2008's That's Right We're Going Ballz Deep! Recorded by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (who just finished Jet's new record)at The Bubble in Austin TX, "Pink Champagne" brings ten brand new tunes with drummer Jason Reece. With a fresh sound and powerful drive this record is the best to date. Black Earth has toured and promoted "Pink Champagne" independently looking for the right label to release it. This album has been long anticipated and doesn't disappoint.
Black Earth returned to Europe with a successful tour in late summer of 2010 playing Kempenerpop(NL), Incubate(NL) and The Reeberbahn Festivals(Germany), playing to crowds in excess of 3000 people.
Black Earth will also be featured in the Feb edition of Visions in Germany, and was featured in Classic Rock Magazine's October Issue # 150 with a song added to the compilation called, "The First Cut is the Deepest" .
Black Earth is scheduled to be back to Europe in July of 2011 to support of Pink Champagne which is due to released in the summer of 2011.