14th November | Fleece

In some ways garage rock has had its day in the sun. Since the boom of revivalist bands in the early noughties, it’s a genre that has since become heavily diluted. Yet among the throng, Atlanta’s Black Lips have managed to stay surprisingly relevant for the past two decades. Whilst retaining an overall, tried and true aesthetic for the genre, the band’s fearless experimentation with new noise has brought elements of psychedelia, punk rock, and scuzzy lo-fi distortion to the table.

Their latest single, ‘Gentlemen’, from the upcoming Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart is a bittersweet ode to Americana, country and blues music, which once again proves the band’s inimitable reputation for reinvention.

Whilst their live shows have certainly toned down on the controversial theatrics – particularly from frontman Cole Alexander – the band retain that same mischievous sprit from early years through various incarnations, and their live set is a force to be reckoned with. Expect plenty of energy from both on and off stage.

This is the first time Black Lips will be playing Bristol in two years, and whilst they have a generally tenacious attitude for touring, you won’t want to sleep on this (if you can even sleep over the reverberating boom on Mitchell Lane. And more importantly, why would you want to?) This is a band that epitomises the unexpected; they could be back in a month or ten years or never again, it’s anyone’s guess! But they’re definitely scheduled at the Fleece on Thursday, so grab your tickets now to avoid disappointment later.

Listen to new track ‘Gentleman’ here: