My latest OC Weekly piece — a feature on the Black Angels

Right this second I’m getting over a strangely full work day and I still have some things I need to do before I get some sleep, so I’ll just point you in the direction of the story, note that you can listen to the band over here, and will briefly underline the importance of the band with this quote:

This quality of balance and uneasiness is another big example of how the Angels obey the times: In lyrical attention, song titles and general focus, the group extend and revisit the reactions to Vietnam from psychedelia’s birth to a new context shaped by Iraq, specifically drawing out connections. Consider “Never/Ever,” one of the highlights of Directions. Musically, the screeching organ and focused build and release find the Angels at their exultant, overwhelming best, forging a grace in rampage. But singer Alex Maas at one point tackles hippie-era mythmaking with a savagery few punk rockers ever managed, while his voice echoes almost serenely through the mix: “You say the Beatles stopped the war. . . . They might’ve helped find a cure, but it’s still not over.”

And on it goes…


2 Responses to “My latest OC Weekly piece — a feature on the Black Angels”

  1. Eve Says:

    I saw these guys last year at SXSW and wasn’t anywhere near as blown away with them live as I’m assuming everyone hanging off the fence desperate to get into the gig seemed to be. Maybe I’m missing something.

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    Well SXSW, that’s a hometown show. The fans were out in force!

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