When I checked out The Black Lips at Stubb’s during SXSW 2009 I thought to myself, never have I seen a band that so benefited from the swampy miasma of vocal effects layered over their mix. It was noteworthy, the amount of distorted echoes and reverbs mixing like a stew around their frenetic performance.
The Black Lips are kings of the psychedelic garage rock underground. They started the band when they were 15 years old and spent the next seven years touring the world, booking themselves, playing for scraps. Underground parties, basement shows, outlaw festivals, the odd tour opening for Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Be Your Own Pet, plus three classic albums, countless 7″s, a couple DVDs, and their own seminal garage rock label Die Slaughterhaus cemented their reputation. They’re now 22 years old, grizzled veterans of the underground, and legends in the scene.