Saturday, August 4
The last time the Black Angels came to Buffalo was two years ago on the day before Halloween at the Tralf and it was a dark and freaky scene. The crowd was dressed in costume, and the moment the Angels took the stage their guitarist, Christian Bland let out the first pulsating tremolo guitar riff of “Bad Vibes,” which consumed the room. Purple lights shone on the stage and everyone’s face was shrouded with masks or dark shadows. The Angels played their set with little to say in between songs, adding to the already mysterious, heavy, and psychedelic vibe. It was a very dreamlike, even nightmarish set. The Black Angels’ music is the product of an obsession with the 1960s, the Velvet Underground, the Zombies, and the Doors. They believe that the time we are living in now is a reflection of that time. “You’ve got a country going to war over reasons they’re not really sure of, a government that’s lying to the people, and the people are apathetic and not proactive enough to learn what’s really happening,” said bassist Alex Maas in an interview with the Neighborhood last year. Those were the circumstances that sparked a revolutionary moment in music in the 1960s, the type of musical revolution that is lacking in this generation. Maybe this pysch-rock band from Austin, Texas will lead the way, or at least open the door for the next revolution. The Black Angels will perform live at the Town Ballroom this Saturday (Aug 4) with support from Seattle’s Night Beats. —cory perla
7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 /townballroom.com) $18 advance, $22 day of show.