|Genres||Ska, Punk, Reggae|
Black Square is a ska band from Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally formed in 2002 as a hardcore punk trio, Black Square expanded into a six-piece and currently consists of Josh86 (vocals, guitar), Brian Kim (Drums), Sweet Taylor Baby Cakes (bass), Jared (trombone, backing vocals), T.R. (alto saxophone, backing vocals), and Babyface (tenor saxophone, backing vocals). Since expanding to a six-piece set up Black Square has sought to blend ska, punk, rocksteady, reggae, and hip-hop influences to create a distinct ska sound that maintains the intensity and style of punk rock. The band's name is a reference to Kazimir Malevich's 1915 oil painting of a black square on a plain piece of canvas.
Black Square is one of Hawaii's few touring ska bands and has completed over 10 U.S. mainland tours. Along with these tours Black Square has also become a local favorite around their hometown of Honolulu. Although primarily from the island of Oahu the band often travels to Hawaii's outer islands such as Maui and the Big Island to perform. Recently Black Square has enjoyed national success and performed on the Vans Warped Tour 2011.
Black Square has released 4 full-length albums and has been featured on several compilations. Their music has also been featured on Fuel TV, Billabong Surf, Heavy Water, Wahine Blue, Board Stories, the feature film One Kine Day (2011), and the Hawaii International Film Festival award-winning documentary Noho Hewa (2008).