Black Lips' latest album, Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?, opens with the 55-second "Overture: Sunday Mourning," featuring little more than a quiet drumbeat, subdued bass, a saxophone and a small chorus of children (or perhaps more likely, falsetto-affected adult voices) singing a simple "la-la-la" vocal line. It fades out just as quickly as it faded in, and it leaves the listener wholly unprepared for the thunderous opening of "Occidental Front," a mercilessly heavy riff that sounds as though it was pulled from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's private stash. The Atlanta-based garage-rock act's eighth EP, released on Friday, sees the group expanding to a five-piece for the first time; its adventurous sound and dense songwriting (compared to previous releases) certainly reflect that change.
Duck Walkin': Black Lips is well-known for its raucous live shows and deep respect for rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry. This will be the band's first appearance in St. Louis since Berry passed — and at the Duck Room, no less, Chuck's longtime base of operations. There will surely be monkey business — but hopefully not too much.
Stream "Squatting in Heaven" from the new album below:
8 p.m. Monday, May 15. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $17 to $20. 314-727-4444.
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