Music Hall of Williamsburg
Black Lips

Black Lips

The King Khan & BBQ Show, LiveFastDie

Wed, October 1, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:45 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$22 advance / $25 day of show

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This event is 18 and over

Black Lips
Black Lips
Atlanta's beloved sons the Black Lips entered last year through a screaming cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist, in front of a dangerously packed hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. If a band's bipolarity runs on a touring vs. recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic spells.

After a spring and summer running the usual festival circuit in North America and Europe, the Lips embarked on a two-month fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of Athens, GA - Inside/Out fame, who filmed the band playing for kids in Tunis and Cairo who had just overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai whose government is richer than God (and might control a genie).

As Cody assembled his footage into the feature Kids Like You and Me, the band returned home from the New Year's maelstrom and began settling into album mode. Songs had piled up in the two years since 2011's Arabia Mountain. "We went into the studio with about 80% of the record written," says bassist Jared Swilley. "which is a little more than usual for us. Joe (Bradley, drums) usually puts together all the parts for his songs on his own, and Ian (St. Pe, guitar) writes a lot of his music. I like to make mine a little more collaborative, like Cole (Alexander, also guitar)."

Recording for Underneath the Rainbow ("We were going to call it The Dark Side of the Rainbow, then we googled it and realized that's what they call that thing where you watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd and it syncs up") was split between New York with Thomas Brenneck, who was recommended by Arabia Mountain producer Mark Ronson, and Nashville with the the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who offered to help produce in a Mexico city hotel room just before dawn. "It was one of those super-late-night/super-early-morning drunktalk sort of situations, so we weren't sure if he meant it," explains Jared. "People do that all the time."

Early internet conjecture, based around on the album's lead single ("Boys in the Woods"), Carney's choice of a country studio in Nashville, and an offhand reference to "roots music," pegged Underneath the Rainbow's sound as a blend of southern rock with throwback C&W and blues. Which is a weird description for a record containing the first Black Lips' song with a prominent synth ("Funny"), and even less apt for an overall album that owes just as much to the kiwi pop of New Zealand's South Island and the Chicago South Side's Crucial Conflict as it does the standard American South. "They got it all wrong," says Jared, "they were asking 'Is there a "radical departure" or "new direction" on this album?' so I said, no it's still roots music, which is what we've been doing from the start and which all rock and pop music derives from."

"Although ["Funny"] is a new direction as far as it having more of a commercial sound," adds Cole.

"Honestly, that synth getting in there was a fluke."
The King Khan & BBQ Show
The King Khan & BBQ Show
Now, I could tell you about Mark Sultan, I mean, BBQ's past in bands like Les Sexareenos or The Spaceshits. I could tell you about King Khan's pseudo-celebrity in Europe, or his own past in The Spaceshits, or his solo work. But you probably wouldn't give a shit. So let's talk about the real nitty gritty - The King Khan & BBQ Show. First, I must say that these guys are fuckin blood brothers, man. Real tight. They always maintained that they would lay waste to this miserable world. And so they began in 2002. BBQ visiting my man King Khan, and jamming out their black magick in his Nazi-bunker rehearsal space. Songs flowed endlessly like blood from a cancerous abcess. They took it easy, honing their craft, playing sporadically to crowds outraged by their incredible sound and nasty live show. Orgiastic, anarchic, hypnotic and personal are the shows to this day. I've seen the blow-jobs and blood, the pick-ups and puke, the dancing and the laughing. Two guys. One smashing snare, bass drum and tambourine with his bare feet, molesting his guitar and singing like a possessed angel. The other spinning and howling like a freak while belting it out on his guitar like a real gone savage. What does it all sound like? It sounds like five men. People throw the typical suspects into their descriptions as a defense against the real sound: The Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators, Black Flag, The Falcons, Sam Cooke, The Users, The Sonics, The Cramps, Bo, Jerry Lee, The Gonn... Their sound is all of this and more, but all of their own. The show? A mess. Love songs, punkers, improvised riot-starters, dance-floor shakers, sing-along stompers, wild rockers - you name it. They always drench the crowd in raw energy, and they're always the last ones dancing and drinking at the bar. They've toured the US, Europe and South America. They are international antiheroes and ambassadors. After a sold-out 7-week tour of the USA this past autumn, championed heavily by the American media, The King Khan & BBQ Show are ready to conquer Australia, Israel and Europe to make clear what so many music fanatics already know - they are easily one of the top, most highly regarded rock'n'roll bands in the world. They are coming to support Los Angeles' In The Red Records reissue of their 'classic, mind-blowing' debut album, originally released in 2005, as well as a new, instantly sold-out EP on the highly revered Crypt Records. The band is at the top of their game, covered by bands like The Black Lips and Jon Spencer's Heavy Trash and cited as 'one of the best live shows in the world' right now. They are an awesomely surreal site to behold; a stunning garage rock machine of the highest caliber, playing incredible original hits that never end. From youngsters to oldsters alike, their crowds sing along incessantly and let their freak-flags fly in joyous solidarity when The King Khan & BBQ Show hit the stage, clamoring like entranced dervishes to be a part of a growing phenomenon. Give into their spell and live forever.
LiveFastDie
After almost a decade in the making, the prayers of punk rockers across the globe have been answered with the release of "Hit Stains", the long awaited singles compilation from rock'n'roll saviors LIVEFASTDIE. All the hits are here and then some, twenty cuts over two sides. Legendary tunes like the autobiographical "Guitar Star" from their 2005 debut. Life lessons such as "Not a Dog" and "Thought You Could Steal My Beer". The songs that set the internet on fire: "Pissing on the Mainframe" and "Webshits and Blah Blah Blahs". Odes to archaic technology ("Dawn of the VHS"), patriotic anthems ("Forged in Flames"), punches in the face ("Bang It's War"), kicks in the dick ("(He's Got) Pecker Breath"), all flavors and varieties of punk rock and roll, here in one handy 12" package providing maximum value for those of you too broke and/or stupid to have kept up with their deluge of seven inch and cassette releases. It's a well-known fact that LIVEFASTDIE almost single-handedly kept punk rock alive in post-Y2K New York City, a time when posing was fashionable and pussyfooting was par for the course in the Big Apple. Camero Werewolf and his band of brothers saved their city and in doing so also gave us hope across the rest of America, across the rest of the world, a shining beacon of pizza, vomit and guitar shredding reminding us that punk rock did not die with GG. As long as there are men bold enough to write songs like these and tough enough to execute them the dream will never die. Pick up a copy of "Hit Stains" and be reminded of the inspirational powers of rock'n'roll. Diaper not included.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/