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Clear Lake Forest, The Black Angels

The Black Angels

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
May, 2004 in Austin, TX

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






The Black Angels

Biography

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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych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.. 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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock.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. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & James Wilkinson, Rovi

Top Albums

Clear Lake Forest, The Black Angels
1. Clear Lake F..
Phosphene Dream (Deluxe Edition), The Black Angels
2. Phosphene Dr..
Indigo Meadow, The Black Angels
3. Indigo Meado..
Phosgene Nightmare - EP, The Black Angels
4. Phosgene Nig..
Don't Play With Guns - Single, The Black Angels
5. Don't Play W..
Telephone - Single, The Black Angels
6. Telephone - ..
Natural Selection (feat. The Black Angels) - Single, UNKLE
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Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Sunday EveningClear Lake Forest3:40$0.99
2.
Occurrence at 4507 South Third Stree..Clear Lake Forest3:20$1.29
3.
Diamond EyesClear Lake Forest3:50$0.99
4.
Entrance SongPhosphene Dream (Deluxe Edi..3:38$1.29
5.
Bad VibrationsPhosphene Dream (Deluxe Edi..4:27$0.99
6.
Linda's GoneClear Lake Forest6:35$0.99
7.
ExecutionerClear Lake Forest3:35$0.99
8.
Tired EyesClear Lake Forest3:30$0.99
9.
Evil ThingsIndigo Meadow3:44$0.99
10.
Don't Play With GunsDon't Play With Guns - ..3:42$0.99
11.
SniperPhosphene Dream (Deluxe Edi..3:54$0.99
12.
TelephonePhosphene Dream (Deluxe Edi..1:59$0.99
13.
FlopClear Lake Forest2:59$0.99
14.
Soul KitchenPsych Tribute to the Doors3:31$0.99
15.
Science KillerLate Night Tales: Trentemø..4:45$1.29
16.
Black Isn't BlackIndigo Meadow4:20$0.99
17.
You're MineIndigo Meadow3:40$0.99
18.
Twisted LightIndigo Meadow3:21$0.99
19.
I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)Indigo Meadow4:03$0.99
20.
Broken SoldierIndigo Meadow3:35$0.99
21.
War on HolidayIndigo Meadow2:34$0.99
22.
Always MaybeIndigo Meadow4:08$0.99
23.
Love Me ForeverIndigo Meadow3:09$0.99
24.
DayIndigo Meadow2:37$0.99
25.
HollandIndigo Meadow4:02$0.99

Top Music Videos

Telephone, The Black Angels
1. Telephone
Haunting At 1300 McKinley, The Black Angels
2. Haunting At 1...
Entrance Song, The Black Angels
3. Entrance Song
Don't Play with Guns, The Black Angels
4. Don't Play wi...


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