Last night I got to photograph one of my favorite bands, The Black Angels, who played at Firebird which is becoming the go to club for indie music in St. Louis. This band hails from Austin, Texas and formed in 2004 so they are defiantly not new to the scene. I was pleased to see the club fill up to what I would imagine was close to capacity for these guys. In fact it was so packed that I had some issues getting to the other side of the club to photograph two of the five members of the band. If you are a fan of ’60’s psychedelic rock then you have to check them out, with three of the members switching between instruments it really presents them fantastically in a live setting and leads the band to open up into some body swaying grooves. Basically all you need to know are these few things regarding this band:
- Every song has a driving beat
- The singer uses many affects on his voice at times, making the music float through your body
- The use of a 12 string electric guitar in some of their songs gives a droning tone that you can picture a hippie chick from the 60’s grooving to as she rides the wave of her acid trip
To make this short and straight to the point, I bought a t-shirt for my wife at the show with wording on it that pretty much sums it up, “Listen To The Black Angels”. Pick up the new CD, Indigo Meadow, and take a drive to soak it in because this band is not a rehashed version of a classic rock band, they have learned from their rock elders and expanded to make their own sound. Enjoy the pics!