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Black Lips at The Cellar by Marc West
Black Lips interview and gallery
By Marc West
The guys from Atlanta Georgia bring mayhem to the Oxford Cellar.
Group kissing, nudity, flying blood and firework explosions have ensured Karen O’s favourite boy band cult status on the underground scene at only 22 years of age, but such quasi-controlled chaos fails to make much of an appearance at The Cellar.
Instead, the tattooed troupe demonstrate some serious musical ability with their exciting take on the wildest records of ‘60s. New single Katrina delivers all the nonchalant attitude of Rolling Stones or even the pop exuberance of Cavern-era Beatles. In fact, the quartet could almost pass as distant cousins of the Fab Four - except they struggle with romantic convention and their odes to the fairer sex are flawed by filthy mouths.
With Cole Alexander’s slurred Atlanta drawl, jangling guitars and blurry lo-fi edges, this tatty rabble play pop the best they know how - with the minimum amount of fuss. It may sound quintessentially retro, but their self-styled ‘flower punk’ is of a thoroughly modern bent and is currently in full bloom.
last updated: 14/09/07
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