The Black Angels

BIO

From deep in the heart of Texas, armed with the home-grown mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drone Out,” The Black Angels ring real and rugged like a crimson full moon-lit night. Formed in May of 2004, the band’s sanctified holy racket was breech-born out of life-long friendships drawn up in blood and sealed with a kiss. Their self proclaimed “Native American Drone ‘N’ Roll” genre has progressed from communal living and the members’ eclectic upbringings. Bassist Ryan was born on a cult compound, guitarist Bland is the real deal son of a Texas preacher man, and drummer Bailey and vocalist Maas believe a little girl in a red linen dress haunts the group’s home.

Taking their name from the classic Velvet Underground tune “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” these Angels are far more than classic revisionists with extensive record collections. This is heavy-duty psychedelic rock with an incessant primitive beat that echoes the spirit of the 13th Floor Elevators and early Stones.

Calling the outskirts of Austin, TX their HQ, these hungry-to-create touring nomads crave taking their love for music out on the road. Their densely-layered songs feature Bland’s acid-infused finger-painting guitar and the melodic incantations of lead singer Mass within guitar/bass labyrinths from Ryan and Kyle Hunt. The music is martial-drummed into apocalyptic bliss by garage-punk goddess Stephanie Bailey.

Following the success of the band’s self-titled debut EP and the 2006 full-length Passover comes Directions To See A Ghost over seventy minutes in length and the band’s mind-numbing psychedelic opus. DTSAG was brilliantly recorded by Passover’s Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recording Studios in Austin, Texas.

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  • Passover

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    Passover

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    10-songs deep, Passover has come again. Reflecting and questioning the intergenerational psychosis of American social life that surrounds us, The Black Angels put forth their answers in song. It’s a “Call To Arms” for those ready to join the good fight, a rock ‘n’ roll salvation during the times we need it the most. As Maas bellows on “Young Man Dead,” “Fire for the hills, pick up speed, and let’s go…”

  • Doves

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    Doves

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    A 7" released concurrently with the acclaimed Directions To See A Ghost featuring “Doves” and "Drone (In G-Sharp Minor).

  • Directions To See A Ghost

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    Directions To See A Ghost

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    If you’re familiar with Passover, the band’s 2006 debut, you’ll know that The Black Angels’s music alone is enough to invoke spirits. There’s a name for the band’s sound; they call it ‘hypno-drone ’n roll’. It’s the sound of long nights on peyote, of dreams of a new world order, and of half-invented memories of the seamy side of ’60s psychedelia.

  • The Black Angels (EP)

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    The Black Angels (EP)

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    This striking eponymous EP, featuring the visceral “The First Vietnamese War” (pumped by the VV’s Chuck Eddy) and the hypnotic non-LP “Winter ’68,” is where the band was first captured in their burgeoning days of glory.

  • Better Off Alone

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    Better Off Alone

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    2007 7 inch single from The Black Angels, pulled from their album Passover. “Better Off Alone” is a sultry, slow jamming slab of droning blues rock.

    Previously unreleased track “Tomorrow Always Knows” is the second track.

  • The First Vietnamese War (7")

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    The First Vietnamese War (7")

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    This is the first, fiery single release by the Austin, Texas psyche band The Black Angels, a dirty, apocalypse-driven protest rocker with a dark intense drone-inflected B-side not available anywhere else.

  • Another Nice Pair (BLACK VINYL)

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    Another Nice Pair (BLACK VINYL)

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    First time collection of the band’s first two EPs & First time on vinyl! Unique “Double EP” with original artwork and limited promo insert. Housed in old-style tip-on sleeve. Original artwork by founding member/guitarist Christian Bland.