“You’re frightened,” she said “No one can hear us at all”

I had some time on my hands yesterday and was feeling a little idle, so I started rummaging through the pile of untouched recordings I have from last summer, including a few that my friend Marcus made for me at last year’s End of the Road. Turned out there were a few unidentified ones (I say “unidentified”, but let’s be fair, I’d not really looked at them at all) and amongst them was a set from one of the Austin Psych Fest bands, Austin’s marvellous Black Angels.

The Black Angels

To be honest, I’m not really sure how I’ve not picked up on the Black Angels before, them being the massive Elevators devotees that they clearly are. Apart from that (and the obvious Austin, Texas connection), Wikipedia also tells me they spent part of 2008 as Roky Erickson’s backing band. [Scratches head]

I wasn’t at End of the Road last year (that’s sorted for this year…), so I can’t tell you much about the set itself, except that it sounds pretty darn good and I wish I’d been there. It features some full of beans guitar work, punky, spikey drumming and what sounds heart-warmingly like an electric jug in a couple of songs (I’m sure it isn’t, but kudos for getting an effects pedal that sounds like an electric jug…).

I give you, the Black Angels at End of the Road ’11:

Sniper at the Gates of Heaven


Haunting at 1300 McKinley

Sunday Afternoon

Yellow Elevator #2 / Black Grease

Entrance Song

And while we’re at it, here’s a video (not one of mine, thanks to Acstalker) of the Angels doing “Telephone” (unfortunately not on the tape):