THE BLACK ANGELS
Australian Tour March 2018
Handsome Tours is proud to announce highly adored psych band The Black Angels will return to Australia for performances in Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to their appearance at Golden Plains 2018.
“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,’ the Austin neo-psych rockers’ first new album in four years and their most fully realized work to date. Written well before the vitriolic election cycle and the uncertainty left in its wake, these songs now form an uncanny soundtrack to our modern American climate of division and anxiety, wrapping up the personal and the political into dense layers of provocative insight. Part protest, part emotional catharsis, this is a troubled record for troubled times, and in that sense, it’s classic Black Angels.
“Our music has always been driven by the fear of the unknown and what’s to come,” explains Maas. “Growing up in Texas, in the Bible Belt, you’d have this feeling as a kid in church on Sundays that your whole entire world was just hanging by a string.”
On ‘Death Song,’ the band explores what happens when that string snaps. Volatile, fuzzed-out guitars and crashing percussion meet swirling, reverberating vocals in a cinematic tempest of distrust and disgust. Attraction and self-loathing, greed and desire, faith and brutality are all intertwined, as the lyrics explore the kind of timeless questions that have dogged mankind for eternity.
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