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Black Lips Return To NZ

Black Lips Return To NZ

Thursday 20th October, 2011 9:22AM

Blacks Lips have announced their return to NZ playing Auckland in February. Last here for Laneway Festival in 2010, the troublesome outfit are touring their latest album Arabia Mountain.

Black Lips
Tuesday 28th February, The Powerstation, Auckland

Here are all the details,  check out their latest, disturbing, new video 'Family Tree' below.

Press Release:

Atlanta flower-punk quartet the Black Lips bring their hell-raising antics and raw garage-rock sound back to our shores on Tuesday 28th February.

Infamous for their stage riots, being deported from India for ‘criminal acts’ on stage (witness on YouTube!) and other good time no-good-nik-ness across the globe, it will be their first show back in New Zealand since playing the inaugural Laneways festival in 2010.

For the newcomers, imagine, the Beastie Boys playing Nuggets influenced rock and roll. Did you see them last time they were over? If you did you’ll know that their live show involves three front men singing lead, flying blood, group kissing, sudden nudity and sometimes fireworks explosions. If you didn’t then time to pull your finger out of your ass and get wise.

Their latest album Arabia Mountain was recorded with famed producer Mark Ronson – who is known for both his sharply-honed solo albums Version and Record Collection, and his production work for the likes of Sean Paul, Nas, Kaiser Chiefs, Adele and most notably UK soul-pop diva Amy Winehouse’s international breakthrough Back To Black. Arabia Mountain finds the Black Lips digging deep into the roots of their exposed-nerve sound whilst exploring new possibilities in their music.

Singer-guitarist Cole Alexander explains: “We’re not purists who just want to sound old, but there are certain recording techniques which were used a long time ago that sound really good, and can be used in today’s context. We felt Mark Ronson understood that.”

While the band have by no means turned their backs on the storming punk and garage-rock that is the core of their confrontational style, the album showcases a willingness to push the bands’ stylistic boundaries further than ever before.

Alexander elaborates: “We tried to do what we do best, and keep it raw, but we also opened up to working with a producer and experimenting with new sounds. We tried to keep doing what we’re doing, while expanding and growing at the same time.”


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