We can all thank Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, as well as The Velvet Underground, for this stoner psyk pop band... and for that matter, we can thank the long psychedelic rock history of Austin/Texas for the unimaginably groovy tunes of The Black Angels!
With two insanely cool and laid-back albums ("Passover" and "Directions to See a Ghost")... the Black Angels have become one of the undisputed leaders in the neo-psych movement... and growing... the first album was a great groovy fuzzfest... while the second explored the more adventurous side of feedback and psych-out, but still keeping the super groove they're known for.
I always enjoyed the Angels albums, but it's their live show that really drove it home... these guys sound identical in person, the tone is perfect, the loudness is just right... and the psych-out, OMG, the psyche-out was the best... so simple, they just hung a big white bedsheet to the back of the stage, turned off all the lights in the house, and blasted a strobe light at the white backdrop... ALL. NIGHT. LONG... it was a relentless, forced trip, daring you to keep your eyes open the entire time... if you did, you saw the band erratically strobe and trail across the backdrop, freaking out more-and-more the longer you watched... if you didn't, you were forced to use your sense of hearing and really listen to the band play their music.
Either way, The Black Angels really made an impression... their live show bears the same stamp of ideology that you can hear in the studio albums... use simple principles to force a profound reaction... beauty in simplicity.
Their catch-phrase is nothing but a fine example of this principle... it may be a 'take' on something old, but it's a refreshing new direction that exemplifies an excellent genre of music that doesn't get enough attention these days.... Turn on, Tune In, Drone Out!
Think about it.