With strong success in and around Austin, TX, a city literally exploding with music, it was the prolific, hard working band’s sold-out west coast summer 2005 tour that generated increased domestic and overseas buzz for The Black Angels. Their passionate live performances inspired solid press coverage and exclusive spins on BBC Radio One by Zane Lowe.
These accolades primed major media and swarms of new fans to The Black Angels’ self-titled debut EP, which was highly recommended by the Village Voice and Spin. Selling close to 5,000 copies and charting #28 on the CMJ 200, the band has since mesmerized packed audiences at such highly acclaimed clubs as The Empty Bottle in Chicago and Sin-e in the East Village.
Radio stations like KEXP, Australia’s Triple J radio, and Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 have been persuading their music-loving listeners with frequent plays of and recommendations for The Black Angels. 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.