The Black Angels Return to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday Night

April 2nd, 2018

Taking their name from the Velvet Underground tune “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” psychedelic garage-rockers the Black Angels formed more than a decade ago in Austin, Texas. The band—Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar, drone machine and organ), Alex Maas (vocals, bass, drone machine and organ), Kyle Hunt (keys, percussion, bass and guitar) and Jake Garcia (guitar)—put out a fifth long-player, Death Song (stream it below), last spring to some of the best reviews of their career. Paste said it “is both unlike anything they’ve done before and also the most purely Black Angels album they have released. It’s as if the Texas psych-garage mainstays have now fully mapped the edges of their sound and that this process has allowed them to return with an extreme vengeance to the dead center of what they are.” And the Guardian called the full-length “a menacing return to form,” while Glide added: “The album gains momentum with each song and gets better with each subsequent listen.” The Black Angels (above, performing “Currency” live in studio for WFUV FM) have teamed up with Atlanta garage-punk outfit Black Lips this spring and the play Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night.