Tuesday, 03 February 2009
The Black Angels nod to all the American psychedelic touchstones of the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. They hail from Austin, Texas (as did Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators), their sound channels that period’s drug-soaked side of San Francisco (Jefferson Airplane et al), and they take their name from a Velvet Underground song. The concept might not be original, but like the Brian Jonestown Massacre their sound is wholly unique insofar as true psych-rock is rarely mimicked this well. Unlike the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels stay deeply entrenched in the cold, dark sound of the era, never veering into lazy summertime strum or populist folk. One is also reminded of the early- to mid-‘80s British scene, the Spacemen 3 and their album “Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs to.” One of my friends recently ...