|The Black Angels frontman has his hands in many honey jars.|
The whole 'Don't Mess With Texas' adage was actually an anti-littering campaign, but damn if that state don't have attitude. And while not exactly weirder than many other American cities (including this one), Austin does breed a distinct kind of freak, Christian Bland being one of the most notable. The Black Angels frontman, distinctive for his trademark screeches that pop off at peak of his psychedelic dirges, brings a more subdued, but still spun-out sound to his side project, Christian Bland & The Revelators.
Their Lost Album, recorded in an old ice cream factory in 2007, went missing for a few years, but was thankfully found again. This is excellent news for fans of Bland's more experimental, drawn-out trips, as lately The Angels have taken a more concise, pop-driven route, for better or worse. Even The Black Keys have taken note -- just compare Turn Blue to Phosphene Dream. Everyone can get on board this trippy train.
Bland definitely has his hands full. Also in The UFO Club with Lee Blackwell of Night Beats, Bland is a co-founder of the record label The Reverberation Appreciation Society and one of the four organizers of Austin Psych Fest, not to mention the fact that Bland designs a lot of the artwork for his various projects.More »