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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych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

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