The Black Angels

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Photo Credit Alexandra Valenti

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. It was seven years ago that they visited HearYa HQ. The video Entrance Song still remains one of the favorite videos that we (by we, I mean Shirk and his merry band of pranksters) ever did. 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.

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The Black Angels are here

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HearYa alums, The Black Angels, have a new album coming out on April 2nd called Indigo Meadows. Evil Things is the second track to be released. “Evil Things” focuses on a man and a woman on opposite sides of a conflict who meet on a war-torn battlefield. Frontman Alex Maas elaborated on this concept to Rolling Stone, saying “they come to the realization that, by nature, humans have the capacity to be either evil or benevolent, empathetic and compassionate. They share an obvious mutual concern for the human condition, but don’t feel as though they are doing anything to make things better. They ask themselves: ‘What am I going to do with the power that I have?’ This song asks that question.”

Entrance Song from their excellent album, Phosphene Dream is one of my favorite videos we’ve done. You can check that out below. The full session can be downloaded here.

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The Black Angels, Live Session #81

by Woody on December 2, 2010

The Black Angels released Phosphene Dream back in September. It’s an album that finds the Austin outfit tightening things up, writing crisper songs, and putting out their finest effort to the date. We’ve neglected to review the album, but it’s one of 2010’s finest from a band we’ve grown to love more and more since catching a set at SxSW 2008.

The band stopped into Shirk Music + Sound to perform tracks off Phosphene Dream that included the album’s opener, “Bad Vibrations.” It’s a song that highlights their trademark fuzz and feedback-laden sound, combined with a chugging hook and decidedly up-tempo finish. The song sets the tone for an album that mixes elements of 60’s era pop with dark psychedelic rock, led by vocalist Alex Maas. I was eager to see how the band’s sound would translate in a live studio setting and they (along with Steve Shirk behind the controls) nailed it.

The Black Angels also pay homage to psych-rock predecessors in a recently released live DVD called Night of The Vampire. It’s footage from a 2008 performance with Roky Erickson, consisting of songs from Roky’s underrated 60’s Austin band, 13th Floor Elevators.

Check out The Black Angels’ album, the DVD, the session, and while you’re at it, get on Netflix and watch the Roky Erickson documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me. It’s incredible.

The Black Angels Band Introduction

Exclusive: The Black Angels – Haunting at 1130 McKinley

Exclusive: The Black Angels – Entrance Song (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: The Black Angels – Bad Vibrations (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: The Black Angels – Telephone

Download The Black Angels Live Session as a zip.

Video: The Black Angels – Entrance Song (live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)

Video: The Black Angels – Bad Vibrations (live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)

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I recently ran across this Fable III Revolution commercial song during an episode of Pawn Stars. It features the song “Young Man Dead” by The Black Angels. It’s coincidental since we just gave away tickets to their show at Metro tomorrow and they’re stopping in for a live studio session with us.

I’m not a much of a gamer these days, so I know nothing about Fable III Revolution. We’ve come a long way since Metroid. Congrats to The Black Angels for the spot.

Here are the lyrics heard in the commercial:

Run for the hills, pick up your feet and let’s go.
We did our jobs, pick up the speed now lets move.
The trees can’t grow without the sun in their eyes.
And we can’t live if we’re too afraid to die.
Hold on tight, yes hold on tight you’re too slow.

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The Black Mountain’s Hair Song and The Black Angels’ Telephone [Black mp3’s]

July 30, 2010

What better way to follow up a post about The Black Keys? Two more of my favorite bands with “Black” in their names have released new tracks for all us PC users to right click and download. Both have albums scheduled for release on September 14th. These two bands would be a fantastic pairing on […]

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