On their newest single “O Katrina” the Black Lips do their best to sully up the sleek, hip new record label they now call home, showing Vice the same variety of muddied garage rock and frenetic energy that made their super-charged live show the stuff of legends. On stage the band is known for baring all while spewing various forms of bodily fluid and “O Katrina” is that furor laid to tape. Rowdy and emphatic but with a soulful streak, the Black Lips howl at the hurricane as if they were hoping to be heard over the torrential downpour and wailing winds.
“Oh, Katrina, why you gotta be mean?” pleads the Lips’ Jared Swilley, but praying for serenity from a storm is like asking the Black Lips to turn down their lightning-quick leads and low rumbling drum rolls — it’s just not going to happen. Good Bad Not Evil makes landfall this week via the Vice label.
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Black Lips – “O Katrina”
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