The Black Angels: “Evil Things”

Since the first uttering of the phrase “psychedelic rock”–a description attributed to the 13th Floor Elevators in 1966–Austin has sat at the forefront of that particular sound. It’s gone in and out of style over the years, but nowadays you’ll find a wide range of bands embracing the ’60s–in sound if not in spirit. When the Black Angels debuted in 2006 with Passover, they turned heads by perfectly evoking bands like the Elevators and the Velvet Underground. But there’s also been a forward-thinking current bubbling underneath the local outfit’s apocalyptic sound. That’s how they keep turning heads with each new release, and they even have their own label (Reverb Appreciation Society) and festival (Austin Psych Fest) to spread the psychedelic gospel.

Keeping with the old school mentality, the Black Angels are offering up a few exclusives for Record Store Day, going down tomorrow (April 19). The band will release a vinyl-only EP featuring seven new songs, and they’ll also be at Waterloo Records at 5pm to sign autographs. To mark the occasion, we’re offering up our own exclusive as today’s song of the day: the Black Angels performing “Evil Things” in a rare, stripped-down version, direct from our Studio 1A archives. Enjoy!

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