Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Black Lips are good at music

If you're not already familiar with Black Lips, they are a self-described "flower punk" band from Atlanta who formed in 2000. They make noisy rock & roll and write attention-grabbing songs, and have been getting some well-deserved good press about their new album, Good Bad Not Evil, which will be released next month. Black Lips have a vintage sound that you seldom hear these days, perhaps taking a page from bands like 13th Floor Elevators and the Velvet Underground, except where the songriting would be more Beatles-esque and the mood more bluesy.

Here is some handy info on Good Bad Not Evil from Vice:
The album was produced by the band in their hometown of Atlanta at The Living Room studios aided by the band’s friend Ed Rawls, a bartender at the nearby Drunken Unicorn bar, just around the corner from where fellow Atlantans Outkast work. The title Good Bad, Not Evil is inspired by the Shangri-Las song “Walk Right Up To Him (Give Him A Great Big Kiss).

The Black Lips formed when as teenager after school friends Cole Alexander (guitar / vocals) and Jared Swilley (bass / vocals) signed up their friends Joe Bradley (drums / vocals) and Ben Eberbaugh (guitar).

After swiftly becoming one of the Atlanta underground’s most talked about bands, and along the way being banned from numerous venues for their wild live shows, the group released albums and seven inches on different underground garage labels like Bomp and In The Red. Tragically, Eberbaugh was killed in a freak traffic accident but the band carried on with New Orleans-born Ian St Pe. These events would go on to influence the song “How Do You Tell A Child That Someone Had Died”, a stand out track on Good Bad, Not Evil.

The album ranges from dirty psychedelic blues songs about Holy World War 3 “Veni Vidi Vicci” outright pop hits like “Katrina” (written the night the band found out that the Hurricane of the same names had devastated New Orleans) and Bad Kids (based around certain band members’ experiences with juvenile detention centres). There’s also the bruised, tender album closer “Transcendental Light”, a song written by Ian about discovering his mother’s body.

Cole Alexander told us: “On this album we were really inspired by ourselves, especially our first two albums. They really changed the way the whole game was played. I think our work really transcends all genres and continues to influences us all on a daily basis”

For us, the album’s a fresh, exciting take on the wildest records of bands like 1960s Peruvian punk bands like Los Saicos, the Stones, 13th Floor Elevators and the raw pop exuberance of Cavern-era Beatles. It’s probably the most out-there, funnest album you’re going to hear all year.
Check out a few tracks below, and for more go here, here, and here.

Black Lips - "Juvenile" (b-side version)


throwbot said...

yeah, I'm pretty psyched for this album to come out.

Compucast New Orleans said...

I absolutely love the Black Lips - I wish there were more bands with this sound...