Hailing from the ATL, The Black Lips arose from the ashes of The Renegades and The Reruns, and now make beautiful, gentle harpsichord music. Iâ€™m kidding, of course. This insane band is known for raucous garage rock and live shows that involve spewing bodily fluids, and sometimes consuming the same. Kind of like The Plasmatics, only without a hot blond but with a better singer and better tunes. Or like Mr. Bungle, but slightly (only slightly) less insane. Wait, I got it. Theyâ€™re like The Stooges.
Most of the reviews Iâ€™ve read categorize the Black Lips’ sound as 60s blues/garage rock, which is pretty accurate, but it doesnâ€™t give the full sense of how rough and ragged this band can get. Usually, Iâ€™m a fan of well-produced materialâ€”and this ainâ€™t it. But it has its own allure. Vocalist Cole Alexander snarls like a caged animal being poked with a stick while heâ€™s trying to sleep. The rhythm section seems to be fighting with the guitars. Itâ€™s primal.
The band works best when itâ€™s live, which is why their fourth release is such a treat. “Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo” (“The Brave Of The New World”) is a live album recorded in Tijuana, Mexico. The sound quality is a little muddy, but you can’t beat the energy.
See it here:
Taste it here:
To cap it all off, the band is touring with one of my favorite current garage bands, The Ponys. Catch â€˜em here:
22 Birmingham, AL @ BottleTree (no Ponys)
23 Roswell, GA @ WhirlyBall Atlanta (no Ponys)
24 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (no Ponys)
18 Houston, TX @ The Mink
19 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks 21 Atlanta, GA @ EARL
22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
23 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
24 Washington, DC @ Black Cate
25 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
26 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
27 Boston, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
31 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium