It's a post on a Black Angels gig, again. I can't resist the drone. It draws me like a hipster to a PBR can. Unlike the previous tour with Black Mountain, the Angels take their rightful place as the headliners. That means a full setlist and an hour-plus of psych-rock bliss.
- Bloodhounds On My Trail
- The Sniper At The Gates Of Heaven
- The Sniper
- Haunting at 1300 McKinley
- Yellow Elevator #2
- Black Grease
- Science Killer
- Entrance Song
- Phosphene Dream
- Young Men Dead
- Bad Vibrations
- ENCORE: Too Much Hate
- You on the Run
- The Prodigal Sun
- You in Color
The show on Saturday was their fifth area show in support of Phosphene Dream. For me, it doesn't get old. I get pumped up by listening to the albums all day. Even though I can anticipate the ebb and flow of the songs, it still seems like I'm experiencing it for the first time. The way they blend a song into Black Grease, the prolonged jams of Bad Vibrations, the spaces and fortitude of both versions of The Sniper -- that's some serious shit there. I'm so stupid during parts of the show that I mouth the guitar parts -- the "bwoowww, beeeouh, beeeouh."
The only difference I can find with this show was their entrance music to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotise". I don't know if that was meant as a joke or a shout out to Brooklyn. Then, the always hiding underneath his trademark hat Alex Maas did a solo song called "Too Much Hate" -- just him bathed in red light.
It's no wonder they are presenting/organizing Psych Fest in Austin. They are the best at the genre. They have a handle on the feeling and even the look of late 60s psych. That don't recreate the sound, they amp up the attitude.
That's it. From the Lower East to Brussels to South Street Philly to Williamsburg, I got your Black Angels right here.
- The Black Angels @ Angel Orensanz Foundation
- The Black Angels / Wall of Death @ Le Botanique Brussels
- The Black Angels / Black Mountain @ Theatre of Living Arts
Very cool opening act with Montreal's Suuns (pronouned "soons"). They remind me a lot of Clinic -- a little bit electronic, strong whispering vocals and heavy on the grooves. The four-piece is more animated than Black Angels, probably because their jams can make your body freak out.