The Black Angels are excited to reveal “Diamond Eyes,” a cut from their upcoming Clear Lake Forest EP. The track premiered via Consequence of Sound, who called it “equal parts visceral and sweeping, it’s perfect for shindigs in the desert or as the soundtrack to your mescaline-fueled escape from heartache.” The new release includes 7 entirely new tracks and will be pressed on limited edition clear vinyl on Record Store Day, April 19th. “Diamond Eyes” can be streamed below!
The Black Angels have posted the new song “Evil Things” from their upcoming album Indigo Meadow, out April 2nd. Evil Things focuses on a man and a woman on opposite sides of a conflict who meet on a war-torn battlefield. Frontman Alex Maas elaborated on this concept to Rolling Stone, saying: “they come to the realization that, by nature, humans have the capacity to be either evil or benevolent, empathetic and compassionate. They share an obvious mutual concern for the human condition, but don’t feel as though they are doing anything to make things better. They ask themselves: ‘What am I going to do with the power that I have?’ This song asks that question.”
It’s no secret that Austin psych-rockers The Black Angels were influenced by fellow Austinites 13th Floor Elevators, the underrated late sixties group that is often credited with the birth of American psychedelia. 13th Floor Elevators’ frontman, Roky Erickson, did a couple of stints in mental institutions in the early seventies after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and he stopped performing live for many years as a result of his illness.