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Band of the Day: The Black Angels

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We’re less than two weeks out from the worldwide release of The Black Angels self-titled debut EP. The Austin-based six-piece has had massive European exposure and acclaim in little over a year and half.

Though the band takes their name from a Velvet Underground track, they sound much like a modern-day The Doors. The extending moans of vocalist Alex Maas and the organ playing of Jennifer Raines make the comparison fair. With a demo track entitled “Syd Barrett Blues”, it’s really clear to see the psychedelic connections the band has received.

The band played Austin’s KVRX radio last year broadening their local fanbase. In addition, The Black Angels have been raised under the loving hand of BBC’s Zane Lowe, who has generously spinned their music on BBC Radio. The group has wild backgrounds which surely worked as foundation for the haunting sounds on record.

The band has a few dates coming up with the most buzzed band of 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

10/12/05 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room w/ CYHSY!
10/13/05 – Dallas, TX @ The Double-Wide
10/16/05 – San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
10/17/05 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement

10/18/05 – Wash, DC @ Black Cat w/ CYHSY!
10/19/05 – Baltimore, MD @ 8×10 Club w/ CYHSY!
10/27/05 – Athen, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ The High Caliber
10/31/05 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade w/ Glissade
And More…

Seattle-based Light In The Attic will release the band’s first record, a 4 song EP, worldwide (except North America) October 17th and then stateside the following day. Additionally, the band intends to release a debut LP in early 2006 after extensive American and European tours.

The Black Angels – Empire Lonely
The Black Angels – Black Grease
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  • jon H

    His name is spelled Alex Maas. And the track below is titled, “Black Grease”

  • vince

    wow very impressed by The Black Angels. I see big things for these guys. My good friend/film director Quentin Tarantino mentioned them to me. Very good!