Austin psych-rock outfit The Black Angels will release their fourth studio album, Indigo Meadow, on April 2nd via Blue Horizon. The follow-up to 2010?s Phosphene Dream was recorded in El Paso with producer John Congleton (The Walkmen, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River). According to a press release, the 13-track effort represents a “rather major leap forward for these avatars of psych rock,” affirming their “full-throttle commitment to the psychedelic ethos of creativity, community and boundless experimentation.”
But even as they expand their songs into more far-out aural territories, the band stay committed to delivering a message. Written just days before last year’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, lead single “Don’t Play With Guns” balances explosive guitars and blown-out vocals with a truly succinct statement regarding the ugly issue of gun control.
“Our music has always tried to shed light on issues that may be hard to deal with or confront,” singer/guitarist Alex Maas explains. “In ‘Don’t Play With Guns’ the antagonist is a female who has the power of persuasion over a man. Substitute the female antagonist with a Nation, substitute the manipulated man with yourself. If people think they can ignore the issues, they are wrong. Don’t play with guns, don’t touch a hot stove, don’t give your child a poisonous snake, don’t turn the cheek when artists are willing to discuss these issues.”