〖 FB EVENT 〗
With Black Lips, the one thing you can be sure of is that things won’t stay the same. The band made their name with raucous garage rock and unhinged live shows.
Like so many dramatic moments in the band’s career, new album Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart was born out of crisis. The band’s stylistic evolution through decades of prolific touring and recording took them where no garage punk band had gone before – huge venues, network television shows, and major music festivals. The band made a living burning up the road, they were hit hard by line-up changes and relocations along the way while a relentless party lifestyle left a huge personal and creative toll on the band.
Jeweller/actress (and now Gucci muse) Zumi Rosow added sax skronk in a flamboyant style just before the departure of Bradley and St. Pé she went on to assume a bigger role after.
Oakley Munson from The Witnesses brought a brand-new beat and a unique backing vocal harmony. And, last year their guitar-slinging amigo from way back saw Jeff Clarke of Demon’s Claws completed the line-up making The Black Lips five prolific collaborating songwriters, voices, and instrumentalists.
Three laborious albums were recorded during this time by big names like Mark Ronson, Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Sean Lennon. Deciding to return to the roots of their raw sound on the new album, the Lips headed into Laurel Canyon’s newly reopened legendary Valentine Recording Studios where they co-produced with help of engineer Nicolas Jodoinrecording direct to 2″ tape.
Here Black Lips are at their grimiest, most dangerous and equipped with the best collection of songs since the aughts. Skidding onto the asphalt in a shower of sparks, they roll on with an unapologetic southern-fried twang, pacing the beast, every now and then dropping a psycho howl into the rubber room madness lurking underneath the truckstop fireworks. This ain’t your granny’s country album. And conversely this ain’t your mama’s Black Lips.
Sing In A World Falling Apart is out now on Fire Records. On 15th July they bring the album to Kings Cross’ new venue, Lafayette.
Tickets £16.50 +bf
11 Goods Way, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4DP