Black Mountain and The Black Angels
by Cory Perla (@ExitMusicCory) - posted 2:15 pm, October 27, 2010
Psychedelic grunge sounds like an oxymoron but it can be done, and Black Mountain does it pretty well. Take “Old Fangs” the first single from their latest full length, Wilderness Heart, released in September on Jagjaguwar Records. Frontman Stephen McBean groans lyrics like “is it foolish to know what you want before you’ve begun?” and just when it seems like James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins is about to take over and tear apart a rapid-fire guitar solo, the band instead sends out a spaced-out keyboard laser riff. By the middle of Wilderness Heart McBean is claiming to be the Piper at the Gates of Dawn, making a quick switch from the Seattle Sound, to folky 1960’s psychedelia, and back again. This raw combination comes at the hands of producer D. Sardy, a man who has produced tracks from at least one of your favorite bands, including LCD Soundsystem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, and even tour mates The Black Angels. The Black Angels take a different approach to psychedelic rock though, ripping a page straight out of the summer-of-love catalog. The five piece from Austin, Texas wears their influences on their sleeves, even nabbing their name from a Velvet Underground song. Their latest album, Phosphene Dream, mixes guitars that could’ve come straight from the Beatles’ White Album, keyboards that The Zombies would envy and lyrics that even Jim Morrison would have fun contemplating. Their latest single, “Telephone” might even have you believing the British have invaded once again. Catch Black Mountain and The Black Angels on the Dropout Boogie Tour when they take the stage at the Tralf for a Halloween freak-out, on Saturday (Oct 30).