Texas has long been a hotbed for the psychedelic rock movement thanks to Austin’s The 13th Floor Elevators, who pioneered the genre in the 1960’s. However, the movement did anything but stop there, and in recent years has steadily grown and flourished thanks to groups like The Black Angels and other like-minded musical outfits.
Since 2004, The Black Angels (named after a song from The Velvet Underground) have continued on the spirit of their psych-rock forebearers with not only their 4 studio albums and countless EP’s, but also with their own annual festival named “Levitation” (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest).
With members of the band personally producing the festival under their The Reverberation Appreciation Society production company, the festival has seen continued success, adding expansions to France, Canada and more since it’s inception in 2008.
One would think such a massive undertaking such as Levitation would be enough, but this Friday, April 21st, The Black Angels are set to release their 5th album “Death Song” (and their first for Partisan Records).
While only a handful of songs have been made publicly available so far, the tracks released find the band building on their already established musical foundation, as well as expanding on the farthest reaches of their sound. With it’s haunting tension and atmosphere, “Half Believing”, could easily find it’s way onto a closing credit a movie or TV show, whereas a track like “Currency” sees them building a massive and foreboding wall of sound sure to get the crowd moving.
Opening the show are NY’s A Place To Bury Strangers, who are known for their ear-blistering sonic tendencies. The Washington Post dubs them “the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear”. So be prepared to bring your own ear plugs, or at least to buy some from the bar at The Orange Peel.
Doors are at 8pm, Show at 9pm. $20 advance/ $22 DOS.
Wes Gilliam is an avid music lover and has written for outlets such as Shuffle Magazine and The Greenville News. In his “spare” time he enjoys photography, attending concerts and annoying his girlfriend.