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"If you're going to sing something, it might as well be something important," reflects The Black Angels' Alex Maas.

That ethos is the pulsing heartbeat of Death Song, the Austin neo-psych rockers' first new album in four years and their most fully realized work to date. Written well before the vitriolic election cycle and the uncertainty left in its wake, these songs now form an uncanny soundtrack to the modern American climate of division and anxiety, wrapping up the personal and the political into dense layers of provocative insight. Part protest, part emotional catharsis, this is a troubled record for troubled times, and in that sense, it's classic Black Angels.

Volatile, fuzzed-out guitars and crashing percussion meet swirling, reverberating vocals in a cinematic tempest of distrust and disgust. Attraction and self-loathing, greed and desire, faith and brutality are all intertwined, as the lyrics explore the kind of timeless questions that have dogged mankind for eternity. How much ugliness are we willing to perpetuate in the quest for beauty? Can we ever truly share what's inside of our hearts? How long can we subject ourselves to the same self-destructive cycles before everything comes collapsing down around us?

Produced by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins), Death Song is without a doubt The Black Angels' most political record since their 2006 debut LP, Passover. Hailed as "the most powerful album of the year" in an NPR roundup by KEXP's John Richards, Passover hit like "a time warp to the underground anti-establishment songs of the late ‘60s" and introduced the band as the "undisputed avatars of contemporary psychedelic rock," according to Austin City Limits. It's a title they more than lived up to over the ensuing decade, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums and building up a massive international fanbase.

While the band's studio discography earned rapturous attention, their live show elevated the music to new and ecstatic heights. The band toured with everyone from The Black Keys to Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother, in addition to backing psych pioneer Roky Erickson, taking over the airwaves with electrifying television performances on Letterman, Conan, and ACL and slaying festival crowds at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock, Primavera and more.

As if performing wasn't enough, The Black Angels co-founded their own festival called Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest), which has grown into one of the best-reviewed and most expertly-curated musical gatherings in the country, hosting everyone from Brian Wilson to the Jesus and Mary Chain since launching in 2008.

Lieu :  Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Ratcliff

Date :  22 août 2018 19h