Blue Horizon recording group The Black Angels have announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated new album. Indigo Meadow will arrive in stores and online on April 2nd.
Indigo Meadow’s first single is the high-powered “Don’t Play With Guns.” Penned just days before last year’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the song is streaming now exclusively via The Black Angels’ newly relented website: www.theblackangels.com.
“Our music has always tried to shed light on issues that may be hard to deal with or confront,” says singer/guitarist Alex Maas. “If people think that by ignoring the issues they are wrong. Don’t play with guns, don’t touch a hot stove, don’t give your child a poisonous snake, don’t turn the cheek when artists are willing to discuss these issues.
“In ‘Don’t Play With Guns’ the antagonist is a female who has the power of persuasion over a man,” he continues. “Substitute the female antagonist with a Nation, substitute the manipulated man with yourself. Heed the warning: Don’t Play With Guns.”
The Black Angels’ most revelatory collection thus far, Indigo Meadow marks the Austin, Texas-based band’s fourth full-length release, following 2010’s acclaimed Phosphene Dream.
Founded in 2004, The Black Angels have been at the spearhead of the post-millennial psychedelic movement, picking up the mantle of their hometown’s long lysergic history and reinvigorating it with progressive political commentary and unrestrained creativity and ambition. Long hailed for their monumental live sets, The Black Angels will celebrate the arrival of Indigo Meadow with a number of upcoming dates, including a headline role at their own annual Austin Psych Fest, set for April 26th – 28th
(see www.austinpsychfest.com for details).
As it enters its sixth year, Austin Psych Fest has proven the locus for today’s incredibly wide-ranging psychedelic scene, as expansive and revolutionary and exhilarating now as at any moment since its 1960s zenith. APF has quickly become no less an institution as the Newport Folk Festival or the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, inspiring – as it was itself inspired – numerous other like-minded gatherings in such far-flung locales as Liverpool, Santiago, and Cape Town. Like ever before, psychedelia’s countless creative tendrils lead back to Austin, where in 1966, the 13th Floor Elevators were praised for their “psychedelic rock,” forever marking the city as the forward-thinking sound-and-vision’s official birthplace. Early Bird Weekend Passes are now on sale.
The Black Angels are:
Christian Bland – guitar, drone machine/organ
Alex Maas – vocals, bass, organ, drone machine
Stephanie Bailey – drums, percussion
Kyle Hunt – keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar.
The Black Angels Tour Dates:
4/4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre #
4/5 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #
4/6 – Washington, DC – Black Cat #
4/7 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/8 – New York, NY – Webster Hall #
4/10 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House#
4/11 – Boston, MA – Royale #
4/12 – Montreal, QC – Le National #
4/13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall #
4/15 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick #
4/16 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom #
4/17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #
4/19 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre #
4/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe #
4/21 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room #
4/22 – Lawrence, KS – Granada #
4/26-28 – Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest
5/1 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
5/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon %
5/3 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre %
5/4 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
5/5 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge %
5/7 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue %
5/8 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird %
5/10 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater %
5/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot %
5/13 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre %
5/14 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom %
5/15 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom %
5/17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore %
5/18 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House ^
5/19 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern ^
5/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre ^
5/22 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress ^
5/24 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
5/25 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater ^
5/26 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit ^
# w/Allah-Las, Elephant Stone
% w/Hanni El Khatib, Wall of Death
^ w/Wall of Death