The Black Tones' Eva Walker: “We would start our sets with a heavy blues instrumental. It locks people in, like, 'Oh s**t, that Black girl's actually shredding'”

The Black Tones' Eva Walker
(Image credit: Fredrick)

Though Mr. Mines is the flipside to Seattle outfit The Black Tones’ new two-song 7-inch for the iconic Sub Pop Singles Cub, the blues-punk instrumental is often the band’s go-to set opener. 

As a testament to guitarist Eva Walker’s swampy, wah-crushed expressiveness, it’s a perfect introduction, but the Washington State-based player explains there’s a deeper reason for blasting the intro up front.   

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.