The Black Angels have unveiled an amazing and disturbing video to accompany their latest single Haunting at 1300 McKinley, which will be released on Blue Horizon on March 28th.
The track is the latest to be lifted from The Black Angels third album Phosphene Dream, which was released in September 2010 and with famed producer Dave Sardy at the helm is their most focused and forward thinking effort so far.
Haunting at 1300 McKinley has the feel of an early lo-fi, British sixties rhythm and blues track fused with fuzzy psychedelic guitars, representing the leaner more urgent side to the band on their latest album.
The video to support Haunting at 1300 McKinley is bound to court controversy, shot in black and white in Paris it is incredibly dark, mysterious and unsettling.
The Black Angels – Haunting at 1300 McKinley
The Black Angels believe in ghosts. They believe in them because they lived with one, at 1300 McKinley, the house they shared from 2004 to 2007 in Austin, Texas. “We’ve also seen several on Civil War battlefields and at the Alamo,” boast the band. “At Gettysburg we heard rifle fire and cannon fire. We saw old lanterns dangling from trees in the distance. Up a tower, we saw a Union soldier slam his face against one of the windows; blood splattered everywhere and one of his eyeballs was dangling, then he disappeared.”
The Black Angels were recently being named Band Of The Week on RollingStone.com and the last few months have been a phenomenal period for the band. As well as sold out tours across the globe, they’ve notched up a Letterman appearance (and a Conan O’Brien slot is due in May), performed on the Jim Jarmusch-curated stage at New York’s ATP and appeared on UNKLE’s new album on the track Natural Selection. Another Black Angels/UNKLE collaboration, With You In My Head was included on the smash hit Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack.
The Black Angels will perform with Queens of the Stoneage at Rolling Stone magazine’s SXSW party on March 16th, and have many other performances planned for that manic week in Austin.
The band are also looking forward to hosting the fourth installment of their annual music-and-arts festival, Austin Psych Fest, which runs from 29 April to 1 May 2011. Fast becoming the premiere destination for psych lovers, this year’s bash will see performances from Spectrum, Roky Erickson, Crystal Stilts, Crocodiles, The Fresh & Onlys, The Growlers, Cold Sun and tons more.
“The original idea was just to throw a party and invite the bands that we liked,” they say. “With something like SXSW or ATP you never get to see all the bands you want to see, so we’re being a bit selfish in a way and bringing them all to our place!”