The Black Angels (band)

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The Black Angels
The Black Angels.jpg
The Black Angels live in Texas 2014
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, garage rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Light In The Attic Records, Blue Horizon Records
Associated acts The UFO Club, Elephant Stone
Website Official Website
Members Stephanie Bailey
Christian Bland
Alex Maas
Kyle Hunt
Jake Garcia
Past members Nate Ryan
Jennifer Raines
Todd Keller
Notable instruments
Fulltone Tape Echos, 1964 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, Vox Jaguar Keyboard, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb Pedals

The Black Angels are an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas.[1] They have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angel's Death Song".


Formed in May 2004, the Black Angels took their name from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angel's Death Song".[citation needed]

In 2005, the Black Angels were featured on a dual-disc compilation album of psychedelic music called Psychedelica Vol. 1 from Northern Star Records. This, along with the growing popularity of their MySpace page, gave the band a jump in popularity in the underground scene.

On Friday, August 5, 2007, they played at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Among other venues, they have also played at SXSW 2006 & 2008 and All Tomorrow's Parties 2008. Touring partners have included the blues rock band The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks, Roky Erickson, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raveonettes, Wolfmother, and The Horrors.

The group's debut LP Passover was generally well received in the underground independent rock community and was noted for its dark tones and lyrical content. A review of Passover described them as "Walking in the shadows cast by Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized mastermind Jason Pierce" and compared them to The Warlocks and Black Mountain, also invoking "dirges" reminiscent of both The Velvet Underground and the 13th Floor Elevators.[1] Passover included a quote in the liner notes from Edvard Munch; "Illness, insanity, and death are the black angels that kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life." The band was featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 Kevin Bacon movie, Death Sentence, on the second episode of FOX's Fringe, and in the ninth episode of Californication.

They released their second album Directions to See a Ghost in 2008. Songs from Directions to See a Ghost were also featured in The History Channel's 2009 documentary, Manson. Their song "Young Men Dead" was featured on the March 17, 2010 episode of UFC Primetime, "St. Pierre vs. Hardy," on Spike. "Young Men Dead" was also included on the soundtrack for the 2011 snowboard movie The Art of Flight.

Between October 28, 2008 and November 2, 2008, the band performed as Roky Erickson's backing band on the West Coast; future plans between Roky and the Black Angels are in the works. The band featured on Unkle's May 2010 release, Where Did the Night Fall, collaborating on a song called "Natural Selection". They again collaborated with Unkle for the song "With You In My Head" for the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

On April 23-25th, 2010, the Reverberation Appreciation Society and the Black Angels presented their third annual music-and-arts festival, Austin Psych Fest 3. Bands topping the 43-band bill included The Raveonettes, Pink Mountaintops, The Warlocks, The Gaslamp Killer, Warpaint, Night Beats, and Silver Apples.

The band's third album, Phosphene Dream, was released on September 14, 2010. The group played the ATP New York 2010 Music Festival in Monticello, New York, in September 2010. On Record Store Day 2011 a 12" LP titled Another Nice Pair was released, a limited edition red LP containing the band's first two EPs. Of the total records pressed, 100 were randomly inserted with a print signed by Alex Maas, Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, Kyle Hunt, and Nate Ryan.

The 4th annual Austin Psych Fest ran from April 29-May 1, 2011, and was held at the Seaholm Powerplant (the last event to be held inside the building) and featured Roky Erickson, Spectrum, Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, Atlas Sound, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Prefuse 73 and A Place To Bury Strangers topping a lineup of 55 bands.

In February 2014, the Black Angels covered a version of "Soul Kitchen" for A Psych Tribute to the Doors, released by Cleopatra Records.[2]

On July 22nd, 2014, the Black Angels released their EP, Clear Lake Forest.[3]

In December 2014, the Black Angels released a split single, along with Sonic Jesus, called "Molly Moves My Generation". [4]



Besides the band's name, the Velvet Underground are also referenced by the band's logo, which incorporates a high-contrast negative image of Velvet's vocalist Nico.[5]

Band members[edit]


  • Stephanie Bailey — drums, percussion, bass
  • Christian Bland — guitar, vocals, bass, drums
  • Alex Maas — vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards
  • Kyle Hunt — keyboards, percussion, bass, and guitar
  • Jake Garcia - guitar, bass, vocals



  • Nate Ryan — bass, guitar, occasional drums
  • Jennifer Raines — drone machine, keyboards and percussion
  • Todd Keller — guitar

Side projects[edit]

  • The Viet Minh[6]
  • Christian Bland & The Revelators[6]
  • The UFO Club (Christian Bland, Lee Blackwell of Night Beats[7] & others).
  • Sweet Tea[8]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
2006 Passover - -
2008 Directions to See a Ghost
  • Label: Light in the Attic Records
- 108
2010 Phosphene Dream
  • Label: Blue Horizon Ventures
52 52
2011 Another Nice Pair

(collecting the first two EP's)

  • Label: Light in the Attic Records
- -
2013 Indigo Meadow
  • Label: Blue Horizon Ventures
64 108



  • "The First Vietnamese War" b/w "Nine Years" (released August 21, 2006)
  • "Better Off Alone" b/w "Yesterday Always Knows" (released May 28, 2007)
  • "Doves" b/w "Drone in G# Major" (released May 20, 2008)
  • "Telephone" (released August 3, 2010)
  • "Watch Out Boy" b/w "I'd Rather Be Lonely" (released April 21, 2012)
  • "Don't Play With Guns" (released January 22, 2013)
  • "Molly Moves My Generation" (released December 1, 2014)
  • "Waterloo Waltz" (released January 20, 2015)



  1. ^ a b Hannah Levin, Review of Passover, The Stranger, Apr 13 - Apr 19, 2006. Accessed 7 October 2006.
  2. ^ "A Psych Tribute To The Doors (CD) | Cleopatra Records : Store". 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  3. ^ "The Black Angels: Clear Lake Forest Review". 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2015-01-27. 
  4. ^ "The Black Angels release pounding new single “Molly Moves My Generation”". 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2015-01-27. 
  5. ^ Dom Alessio, The Black Angels – Directions To See A Ghost (Light In The Attic/Inertia), Cyclic Defrost, October 21, 2008. Accessed online 2009-12-08.
  6. ^ a b "The Viet Minh, Christian Bland & The Rev (...) at The Main, Austin on Do512". 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  7. ^ Segal, Dave (2010-10-01). "Night Beats + Black Angels = The UFO Club | Line Out". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  8. ^ "The Independent Music Source for Austin » The Black Angels". Austin Sound. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  9. ^ "Billboard 200 - The Black Angels". Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Discographie The Black Angels". Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  11. ^ "GTA 5 Radio Stations". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  12. ^ ""THE ART OF FLIGHT" SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE". Brain Farm Digital Cinema. Retrieved 2015-02-13. 

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