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The Black Angels

The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004. Hailing from Austin, Texas, they initially comprised Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar), Alex Maas (vocals), Jennifer Raines (organ), and Nathan Ryan (bass), and took their name from a Velvet Underground classic, "The Black Angel's Death Song." The band's self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005. After a string of North American dates in winter 2006, they readied themselves for a performance at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in March. Their first couple of full-length albums -- April 2006's Passover and April 2008's Directions to See a Ghost -- were both, in the main, recorded at Erik Wofford's Austin, Texas-based Cacophony Recorders, a studio also used by other local and notable indie rock acts such as White Denim and Voxtrot. By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock. In late 2008, they performed as the backing band for former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S. Next, in 2010, they recorded a couple of collaborative tracks with Unkle, one of which -- "With You in My Head" -- appeared on the soundtrack to that summer's multi-million-grossing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This large-scale exposure led to their third album, September 2010's Phosphene Dream, becoming something of a breakthrough record when it hit the Top 50 of the Billboard chart immediately following its release. Its companion piece, the Phosgene Nightmare EP, arrived in 2011, and in 2012, following Ryan's departure, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone became an auxiliary bandmember, filling in on guitar and occasionally bolstering their live sound with sitar. Released in 2013, Indigo Meadow was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated fellow Texan John Congleton, and that release was soon followed by its own companion EP, April 2014's Clear Lake Forest. Following a four-year gap, the band finally released its fifth long-player in 2017. Death Song was the Black Angels' heaviest to date, having been recorded during the turbulent U.S. election process. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & James Wilkinson
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Albums by
The Black Angels

Top Songs by
The Black Angels

  1.   Song
  2.   Black Grease
  3.   Bad Vibrations
  4.   Doves
  5.   I'd Kill for Her
  6.   Currency
  7.   Young Men Dead
  8.   Telephone
  9.   Entrance Song
  10.   Better Off Alone
  11.   The First Vietnamese War
  12.   Don't Play with Guns
  13.   Deer-Ree-Shee
  14.   Half Believing
  15.   Comanche Moon
  16.   Medicine
  17.   Manipulation
  18.   Haunting at 1300 McKinley
  19.   Mission District
  20.   Melanie's Melody
  21.   The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
  22.   Diamond Eyes
  23.   Soul Kitchen
  24.   Phosphene Dream
  25.   Winter '68
  26.   The Flop
  27.   Black Isn't Black
  28.   Twisted Light
  29.   I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)
  30.   The Day
  31.   Evil Things
  32.   Indigo Meadow
  33.   The Boat Song
  34.   Ronettes
  35.   The Sniper
  36.   You in Color
  37.   The Prodigal Sun
  38.   Empire
  39.   Choose to Choose
  40.   True Believers
  41.   Tired Eyes
  42.   Science Killer
  43.   Bloodhounds on My Trail
  44.   Linda's Gone
  45.   An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street
  46.   At Night
  47.   River of Blood
  48.   The Return
  49.   Call to Arms
  50.   The Executioner
  51.   You on the Run
  52.   Sunday Evening
  53.   You're Mine
  54.   Broken Soldier
  55.   Always Maybe
  56.   Love Me Forever
  57.   Yellow Elevator #2
  58.   Sunday Afternoon
  59.   Snake in the Grass
  60.   Vikings
  61.   18 Years
  62.   Never/Ever
  63.   Holland
  64.   War on Holiday
  65.   Hunt Me Down
  66.   Grab as Much (As You Can)
  67.   Estimate
  68.   I Dreamt
  69.   Death March
  70.   Life Song

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