Black Lips

Biography

The Black Lips formed when as teenager after school friends Cole Alexander (guitar / vocals) and Jared Swilley (bass / vocals) signed up their friends Joe Bradley (drums / vocals) and Ben Eberbaugh (guitar).

After swiftly becoming one of the Atlanta underground's most talked about bands, and along the way being banned from numerous venues for their wild live shows, the group released albums and seven inches on different underground garage labels like Bomp and In The Red. Tragically, Eberbaugh was killed in a freak traffic accident but the band carried on with New Orleans-born Ian St Pe. These events would go on to influence the song "How Do You Tell A Child That Someone Had Died", a stand out track on Good Bad, Not Evil.

The album ranges from dirty psychedelic blues songs about Holy World War 3 "Veni Vidi Vicci" outright pop hits like "Katrina" (written the night the band found out that the Hurricane of the same names had devastated New Orleans) and Bad Kids (based around certain band members' experiences with juvenile detention centres). There's also the bruised, tender album closer "Transcendental Light", a song written by Ian about discovering his mother's body.

Cole Alexander told us: "On this album we were really inspired by ourselves, especially our first two albums. They really changed the way the whole game was played. I think our work really transcends all genres and continues to influences us all on a daily basis"

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29th January 2014 -

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28th January 2014 -

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13th March 2009 -

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Review of Black Lips' album '200 Million Thousand' released through Vice.Every once in a while the clarion call grows louder for a revival of sorts. Already this decade, we've experienced the second coming of metal,...

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7th January 2008 -

 Review

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19th December 2007 -

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Black Lips - Katrina

16th October 2007 -

 Review

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17th September 2007 -

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1st August 2007 -

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Black Lips Katrina Video American four-piece Black Lips are set to release their new single, Katrina, on Vice Records on Monday the 3rd of September 2007. 'Katrina' is a taste of what to expect from...

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