The Almighty Defenders, ‘The Almighty Defenders’ (Vice)
Though Messrs. Oberst, James, and Ward may be monopolizing the term indie supergroup, this ad hoc collabo between garage-rock kingpins Black Lips and the King Khan & BBQ Show transcends the gimmicky handle. Written and recorded inside a week immediately following the Lips’ disastrous early-2009 tour of India, the 11 songs feel as cathartic as they do shambolic, melding Khan’s soul nuggets with the Lips’ Nuggets soul. Tracks like rousing shout-along “Bow Down and Die” (a dead ringer for Southside Johnny’s version of “Havin’ a Party”) rival anything in either act’s fuzzy, buzzy repertoire.
LISTEN: The Almighty Defenders, “Cone of Light”(DOWNLOAD MP3)
WATCH: The Almighty Defenders on VBS.tv’s Practice Space