Garage punk saviors the Black Lips transform from austere country pioneers into a set of Lynchian surrealists, hellbent on recalibrating the history of 21st Century rock ‘n’ roll. Released on Fire Records, their new album ‘Apocalypse Love’ cryogenically mutates all recognized musical bases; it spins yarns about vintage Soviet synths, Benzedrine stupors, coup de’ tats, stolen valor, certified destruction and the creative use of quicksand, all set against a black setting sun.
Propagating a new age for the band, one that’s a long way from Atlanta garage; Black Lips return with a record that’s impregnated with ghost rider-haunted Tarantino-meets-Morricone sounds. ‘Apocalypse Love’ emanates from a dive bar jukebox that’s lit up in the back of your mind; with a playlist that bends between tub thumping doom-glam, Plastic Ono singalongs, cocktail-shaken space age pop, estranged honky tonk and lo-fi outsider acoustic-punk, with mariachi horns, theremins, drum machines and real harmonies filtered through infectious melodies.
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