The Black Angels Unveil New Single, “Firefly”

The Black Angels

Unveil New Single, “Firefly
ft. Loulou Ghelichkhani (Thievery Corporation)
Available across platforms here.

Extensive Fall Tour Kicks Off @ Psycho Las Vegas
Tour dates below + here.

Wilderness of Mirrors Double LP
Out September 16 on Partisan Records

Pre-Order Wilderness of Mirrors

Singles: “Firefly” “El Jardín

Photo credit: Pooneh Ghana 

“Heavy psych rarely feels as fresh as it does with The Black Angels” – NPR

“deliver insistent, neo-psychedelic drones, reaching back to the most ritualistic 1960s songs of the Velvet Underground, the Doors and their hometown forebears from Austin, the 13th Floor Elevators, along with a touch of 1970s krautrock.” – New York Times

“dark, heady, powerful, and forcefully unrelenting work”  FLOOD

“ …an urgent appeal for capitalism’s greatest victim, Mother Earth herself.”
– Blackbook Magazine

Austin’s psych-rock legends will release their brand new album Wilderness of Mirrors on September 16 with Partisan Records. Today, the band has revealed experimental single “Firefly”, a ‘60s French pop homage which features the sultry intonations in both French and English from Thievery Corporation’s LouLou Ghelichkani. The new song follows acclaimed lead single/video “El Jardín” which features Austin Amelio from The Walking Dead and stars his son Lev.

The most impactful music reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us, helping distill the universal into something far more relatable. The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock that does exactly that, which is one of many reasons why the group’s new album feels so aptly named. It has been 5 years since fans have been treated to an album from the band and Wilderness of Mirrors marks a triumphant return with their foot on the pedal. The new collection expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures while political tumult, the pandemic, and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for their signature sound and fierce lyrical commentary.

Listen / Share: “Firefly”

Since forming in 2004 in Austin, TX, the Black Angels remain masterfully true to psych-rock forebears such as Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, Arthur Lee and the members of the Velvet Underground, all of whom are namechecked on “The River.” The band’s global influence is solidified by their beloved, long-running Levitation Festival, the veritable ground zero for the genre’s past, present and future — celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Mellotron, strings and other keyboards are more prominent than ever before. The Black Angels – Alex Maas (vocalist/bassist), Christian Bland (guitarist), Stephanie Bailey (drummer), Jake Garcia (guitarist), Ramiro Verdooren (multi-instrumentalist) – co-produced the record, working closely with Brett Orrison (co-producer) and Dinosaur Jr engineer John Agnello to achieve something fresh and new while retaining their heavily influential classic sound. The band just wrapped up a slew of dates supporting Primus and will bring their blistering live show to stages across North America on their headlining fall tour, which kicks off at Psycho Las Vegas on August 20.

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“Firefly” single art 

North American Tour Dates 

8/20: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas
9/10: Lexington, KY @ Expansion Music Festival
9/30: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
10/1: Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
10/3: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
10/4: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/5: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/7: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
10/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Chicago
10/9: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/10: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
10/12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
10/13: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
10/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/15: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/17: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
10/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/19: Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/21: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/22: Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/23: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/24: Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Live
10/30: Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
11/5: Mexico City, MX @ Hipnosis Festival

Wilderness of Mirrors tracklisting:

  1. Without a Trace
    2. History of the Future
    3. Empires Falling
    4.El Jardín
    5. La Pared (Govt. Wall Blues)
    7. Make it Known
    8. The River
    9. Wilderness of Mirrors
    10. Here & Now
    11. 100 Flowers of Paracusia
    12. A Walk on the Outside
    13. Vermillion Eyes
    14. Icon
    15. Suffocation