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Driven by the force of nature, The Black Angels singer’s solo journey takes an hypnotic detour along the wild trails of his indigenous homestead with songs of love, hope, human connection whilst navigating perils of modern society and tentatively facing the darkness. 

The music of Alex Maas has always mesmerised. Now, on his soul-baring solo debut Luca, the Texan and The Black Angel’s singer journey is taking an equally hypnotic detour along the wild trails of his indigenous homestead. Driven by the force of nature, each phase of life is celebrated through songs of love, hope, human connection whilst navigating perils of modern society and tentatively facing the darkness.

It’s a record fuelled by memories of an upbringing in the strange, unique paradise of his father’s plant nursery in Seabrook, Texas by the waterfront of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Native American sounds that would drift through the garden’s hidden speakers, ricocheting off multi-coloured pottery mazes of curiosities from across the world.

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Casting shades of deeply personal wide-eyed innocence and the darker realms of paranoia, “Luca” has its sights set on the near and distant future. Subtle psychedelic flourishes and instrumentation come from a cast of expert players in Austin but this is a deeply personal endeavour.

Released December 4th, 2020

We’re super excited to announce our exclusive Fuzz Club Edition of the second entry to the ‘Live at Levitation’ series with festival founders, The Black Angels. Our version comes on transparent black ice vinyl with heavy tangerine splatter. From deep in the heart of Texas, armed with the home-grown mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drone Out,” The Black Angels ring real and rugged like a crimson full moon-lit night. Formed in May of 2004, the band’s sanctified holy racket was breech-born out of life-long friendships drawn up in blood and sealed with a kiss.  

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The artists and sets showcased on Live at Levitation have been chosen from over a decade of recordings at the world-renowned event, and documents key artists in the scene performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at Levitation annually from all over the world. The LP captures a slice of the early days of the festival, with tracks from The Black Angels’ first two LPs – with 6 tracks recorded in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Black Angels – Live at Levitation has been given deluxe treatment on mind melting vinyl.

The music of Alex Maas has always mesmerised. Now, on his soul-baring solo debut “Luca”, the Texan and The Black Angel’s singer journey is taking an equally hypnotic detour along the wild trails of his indigenous homestead. Driven by the force of nature, each phase of life is celebrated through songs of love, hope, human connection whilst navigating perils of modern society and tentatively facing the darkness. As the shamanic vocalist and bass player of The Black Angels, Alex Maas knows neo-psych-rock well; yet its menace is barely noticeable across his masterfully crafted soul-baring debut solo album. Named for Maas’ firstborn, whose name means “bringer of light,” Luca was a long time coming, with some of its songs dating back almost a decade, put together piece-by-piece over the course of a couple years. The record began its transformation from loner folk leanings to a worldlier embrace of gentle psychedelia.

It’s a record fuelled by memories of an upbringing in the strange, unique paradise of his father’s plant nursery in Seabrook, Texas by the waterfront of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Native American sounds that would drift through the garden’s hidden speakers, ricocheting off multi-coloured pottery mazes of curiosities from across the world.

Casting shades of deeply personal wide-eyed innocence and the darker realms of paranoia, Luca has its sights set on the near and distant future. Subtle psychedelic flourishes and instrumentation come from a cast of expert players in Austin but this is a deeply personal endeavour.

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 It’s been a while since the Black Angels released an album and I’m happy to hear Alex’ Voice again, Driven by the force of nature, The Black Angels singer’s solo journey takes an hypnotic detour along the wild trails of his indigenous homestead with songs of love, hope, human connection whilst navigating perils of modern society and tentatively facing the darkness.

released December 4th, 2020

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“If you’re going to sing something, it might as well be something important,” says The Black Angels’ Alex Maas. That ethos is the pulsing heartbeat of Death Song. Written well before the vitriolic election cycle, Death Song is part protest, part emotional catharsis, this is a troubled record for troubled times, and in that sense, it’s classic Black Angels. Album opener “Currency” sets the stage in an explosive way, with ground-shaking low end and searing guitar riffs wrap around lyrics dealing with the desires that draw us to the brink of ruin. As the album unfolds, subsequent tracks reveal similar self-perpetuating cycles. Romance, violence, religion, health; for The Black Angels, everything is connected. On “I’d Kill for Her,’ Maas steps inside of the mind of a man driven by the twisted belief that there’s beauty in brutality, while “Half Believing” tackles modern apathy, and “Grab As Much As You Can” is a musing on the nature of greed. The surreal, Krautrock-influenced “I Dreamt” envisions a reality in which our true selves can be shared through artistic expression, and in that sharing, a new, more harmonious way forward is revealed. If there’s a way out of the mess, Death Song suggests that it’s not through consumption, but rather through creation. And fuzz… Lots of fuzz.

“Medicine” is an awesome song from the new album “Death Song” (2017).

just something dadaistic to share unreleased The Black Angels from their new record,Death Song, which is either one of the best things they’ve done or i’m simply really starved for this kind of wonderful noise..and voice..and mellotron..what a welcome aural libation in this drought of psychemagik, and an early frontrunner for album of the year.

The Record Store Day version of their album is on glow in the dark vinyl, black light cover, double LP, sticker, poster and download card. The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters release their fifth album Death Song. This is the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records. Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on Death Song serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. Currency, a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm Half Believing questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion. Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

The Black Angels are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. This is their fifth studio album.
Produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Father John Misty, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Shins).
Ambassadors of the current psych rock scene with not only their music, but as the founders and hosts of the annual Austin Psych Fest/Levitation Festival for the past 9 years . Their music has been used in numerous film, advertising and TV projects including HBO’s True Detective, Nashville, True Blood The Twilight Saga, Assassin’s Creed, etc.

The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Coachella and Bonnaroo.  “Heavy psych rarely feels as fresh as it does with The Black Angels“ .

The band “Deliver insistent, neo-psychedelic drones, reaching back to the most ritualistic 1960s songs of the Velvet Underground, the Doors and their hometown forebears from Austin, the 13th Floor Elevators, along with a touch of 1970s krautrock”

“Some of the heaviest material of their career…blistering“ – Consequence Of Sound

This RSD version of their album is on glow in the dark vinyl, black light cover, double LP, sticker, poster, download card.

Limited to 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

TRACK LISTING;

Currency
I’d Kill For Her
Half Believing
Comanche Moon
Hunt Me Down
Grab As Much (As You
Can)
Estimate
I Dreamt
Medicine
Death March
Life Song

 

The Black Angels have shared the second track from their upcoming album ‘Death Song’, out April 21st on Partisan Records. Called “I’d Kill For Her”, the band “psychedelia’s premier standard bearers.” The band’s Alex Maas talked about the new project,

The song is kind of a reaction to what’s happening in the world—but that’s all art, isn’t it? Not to say that art is political in itself, but if you’re going to say anything it might as well be important to you. There are threads on the record that go through every song, and we’re inspired to write music by the unknown, and fears about where the world might be headed, that’s kind of a golden thread through all our work. You can tie money and greed into a lot of the songs that we wrote on this record, and we’ve touched on that before.

America is obviously a toxic place to live in right now, and I think the new record speaks to that toxicity, the greed, and the illusion that people in power have any interest in what’s best for the world.

Produced by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins), ‘Death Song’ features some of the heaviest music these psych rockers have ever put to wax slow-burning, menacing fuzz earworms meditating on the realities of society and devotion. The album’s opening track, “Currency”, has already earned raves everywhere from the New York Times to NPR Music, who say “heavy psych rarely feels as fresh as it does with The Black Angels”.

On April 22nd Record Store Day , there will be a special limited edition release of ‘Death Song’, including the new album on two glow-in-the-dark vinyl LPs and packaging printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink.

The Black Angels performed at SXSW last week, and kick off an extensive tour next month including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers, I’d Kill For Her is a typically brilliant slab of hypnotic, heavyweight psych – one of the best things we’ve heard from them. And that’s high praise indeed.

The Black Angels are back after a four year hiatus and are now part off the acclaimed Partisan Records roster. “Death Song” will be their debut album release. Here’s some info on the album.

Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on ‘Death Song’ serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. “Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.

From Death Song – The new album from The Black Angels out April 21.

SEM Video Exclusive: Elephant Stone Premieres “Living for Something” (Alex Maas [The Black Angels] Remix)

Today, SEM premieres the video for Alex Maas’ remix of Elephant Stone’s “Living for Something.”

“Living for Something” is the fourth track on Elephant Stone’s ES3PRMX, which comes out on 2nd June 2015. Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

Elephant Stone has released two LPs, an EP, and has toured throughout North American and Europe. They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop. 2014 will see the release of Elephant Stone’s third full-length, The Three Poisons. Their strongest/grooviest release to date,

Check out what Maas – the inimitable lead singer of The Black Angels – has done with one of the best tracks on Elephant Stone’s 2014 LP, The Three Poisons. Directed by Elba Berganza http://cargocollective.com/elba

Alex Maas of the Black Angels takes this deep cut off of The Three Poisons and makes it his own.
Taken from ES3PRMX out June 2nd, 2015 on Burger Records (CASSETTE)/Elephants On Parade Records (DIGITAL)