“…it makes me so happy to be living in a world where music like this exists.”

HOW NOT TO WRITE ABOUT MUSIC: Sixty for 60: 2. Black Ends

“7. Black Ends, “Stay Evil” EP”

The Seattle Times: The best Seattle albums of 2020: Critics choose the top releases of the year

“Swims’ unique talent and ultra-creative style of guitar playing is on fierce display on last year’s Stay Evil […] EP that manages to be both super listenable and super weird at the same time.”

Bandcamp: Essential Releases: Acoustic Pop, Neo-Plunderphonics, South African Jazz and More

“…They also really love listening to the Barney theme song on a loop for hours. Pretty disturbing honestly.”

OurCulture: Artist spotlight: Black Ends

“…what a band sounds like when it’s good but has something even more.”

POST-TRASH: Black Ends – “Stay Evil” | Album Review

“Swims’ vocal flexibility […] rides atop the band’s thrusty dynamic gutter sprawl.”

Northwest Music Scene: Review: Black Ends — ‘Stay Evil’

“Being black in America feels like a death sentence but I refuse to stop fighting.”

Black Ends Premiere “Monday Mourning,” Submit an Honest Essay About Being Black in America (KEXP Premiere)

“…front person and principal songwriter, Nicolle Swims, has a voice like imagination incarnate.”

American Songwriter: Uncovering Acts: Five Bands You Need To Know

“This shit is hard, dude.”

Okay Haunting: Listen: Black Ends – Sellout EP

“If I’m going to use this weird piece of wood to tell my story, I’ll make it my priority to tell it damn well.

Hooligan Mag: On Falling In Love With Music All Over Again: An Interview with Nicolle Swims

“…a list of 50 albums, EPs and mixtapes from artists out of our part of the world that all deserve our attention.”

107.7 The End: Best of 2019: Locals Only

“…one of Seattle’s best new rock bands, which impressed with a rambunctiously tousled set.”

The Seattle Times: The best Seattle albums of 2019: Critics choose the Top 20 releases of the year

“Rank 1 – Black Ends”

KEXP: 2019 Top Ten List Spotlight: Eva Walker

“…this song feels very desperate / just being so engaged and trapped in the mundaneness of everyday living.”

KEXP: Black Ends Re-Release 2019 EP Sellout, Debut Bonus Track “What”

“The choices in compositions are incredible.”

Nada Mucho: 41 Seattle Bands We’re Watching in 2019

“‘Sellout’ is one of the best songs to come out of Seattle in 2019.”

The Stranger: The Skewed Post-Punk Thriller “Sellout” by Rising Seattle Trio Black Ends

“…the recent sold-out Chop Suey show also felt like a coming-out party for this intriguing new band.”

The Seattle Times: The best new music from around the Pacific Northwest

“Black Ends, ‘Maybe When'”

The Stranger: The Top 5 Tracks Burning up the Airwaves on Eva Walker’s KEXP Show, Audioasis

“I feel like there’s a beautiful black wave that is hitting rock music and I’m glad to be a part of it.”