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The Black Angels Interview

(Werkstatt, Köln, December 2008)“Turn on, tune in and drone out” – That’s the motto I’ve chosen to stick to tonight. It’s a cold December night and hidden, next to a kind of supermarket, there is the unimpressive entrance to the venue where The Black Angels, whose second album Directions To See A Ghost turned out to be one of this year’s most interesting records, is going to play their dark set of lucious, rich, psychedelic drone ‘n’ roll.When I enter the soundcheck is only starting but the band and crew being behind schedule turns out to be no problem for me whatsoever. This is because now I’ll get the chance of knowing the true promise of a Black Angels soundcheck at least. After an auspicious glimpse at what is coming up for the show tonight I’m being invited to go backstage for the interview. There I find myself in a room that resembles some kind of flat share kitchen and also features this kind of atmosphere. It’s very laid-back, with Alex curling up on a sofa, almost completely hidden underneath a jacket, scarf and a woollen hat (someone seems to be missing the Texas sun), and Christian sitting at a table with me. On the other hand it’s also as busy as a beehive, the other three band members Stephanie, Kyle and Nate, and crew members constantly jumping up and leaving the room, only to come in about one minute later and join us again. For some reason someone also manages to knock over remaining parts of Stephanie’s drum kit again and again and this is only one of the reason why this interview turns out to be big fun. Somehow I feel as if I had entered a kind of flat share party and not an interview. In spite of this relaxed atmosphere, or maybe even because of it, The Black Angels manage to surprise, scare and impress me in the course of one interview. Read on and see why.

The Black Angels Interview

Photo: Nina Kolle

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