The Black Angels – Madison, WI – Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Black Angels
With Special Guests A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tickets On Sale Now:
Tickets available at at MajesticMadison.com, 800-514-ETIX, and at the Majestic Theatre Box Office.
(plus applicable fees and/or taxes)
THE BLACK ANGELS CONFIRM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM – ‘DEATH SONG’ – OUT APRIL 21 ON PARTISAN RECORDS
The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters – have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ out April 21st. This will be the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records. Scorching opening track “Currency” is streaming now via NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, who called it “XXX.” Listen here and feel free to post: LINK
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 band will tour extensively behind ‘Death Song’, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd. Full itinerary below for “The Death March Tour”, which begins in Nashville. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers.
Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they “play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it”. 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, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country (returning in 2018).
The Black Angels
CHRISTIAN BLAND – guitar, drone machine/organ
ALEX MAAS – vocals, bass, organ/drone machine
STEPHANIE BAILEY – drums, percussion
KYLE HUNT – keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar
JAKE GARCIA – guitar
The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004, taking their name from a Velvet Underground classic, “The Black Angel’s Death Song.” Hailing from Austin, Texas, the band is comprised of Alex Maas, Christian Bland, Kyle Hunt, Stephanie Bailey and Jake Garcia.
The band’s self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005, finding an international audience through Myspace and music forums, and quickly becoming an underground sensation. The band released their first LP, 2006’s Passover on Light In The Attic, to great acclaim and began to tour the world.
Passover was followed by Direction To See A Ghost in 2008, a year which also marked the first Austin Psych Fest (now Levitation), the annual psychedelic rock- focused festival founded by Maas, Bland and friends. In late 2008, The Black Angels performed as the backing band for former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S. Next, in 2010, they recorded a couple of collaborative tracks with Unkle.
Their third album, September 2010’s Phosphene Dream hit the Top 50 of the Billboard chart, and was followed by its companion piece, the Phosgene Nightmare EP, in 2011.
Released in 2013, Indigo Meadow was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated fellow Texan John Congleton, and that release was soon followed by its own companion EP, April 2014’s Clear Lake Forest.
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