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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)

The Black Angels are the reigning champions of Austin psych rock, go big on “Waterloo Waltz” from the upcoming Scion AV compilation, Riley Hawk: Northwest Blow Out EP. The group is one of four selected by pro skater Riley Hawk for the EP whose release is tied to the forthcoming video follows Hawk and the Shep Dawgs as they travel to their skateparks in the Pacific Northwest.

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Friends of Strangers is a new initiative focused on hearing the sounds that inspire the people who inspire us. Christian Bland is the prolific songwriter/guitarist behind such outfits as The Black Angels, Christian Bland & The Revelators and UFO Club. Christian also curates what is now the number one Psychedelic Festival in the world, Austin Psych Fest.

Austin Psych Fest hosts a whole load of great bands that generally would fall under the genre of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more aggressive acts such as Liars and Black Lips were on hand as well.

Artist: The Black Angels
Track: Molly Moves My Generation (Part II)
Release: Fuzz Club 10″ Split Single No. 5 The Black Angels / Sonic Jesus.
Label: Fuzz Club Records
Available on 10″ vinyl limited to 1000 numbered copies (250 red / 750 white).
Released December 15th 2014