This. This swampy, slow-motion, bloozy lament, "Boys in the Wood," is the thing that happens, and I like it, which should come as little surprise: I like the Black Lips. But as much as I wanted to love their last record, 2011's Arabia Mountain, it didn't quite work for me. I have a feeling their follow-up will be more to my liking.
First of all, there's that great Mick Rock photo on the cover. Rock came to fame by way of his portraits of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, and numerous others, including the covers of Reed's Transformer and Queen's Sheer Heart Attack.
Then there's their alliance with Charles Bradley music director Tommy Brenneck, who's also worked with Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. Based on Bradley's work, that seems like a promising partnership—in fact, "Boys in the Wood" shares a similar arrangement with the singer's stunning cover of Nirvana's "Stay Away."
Not sure what's up with that chain, but it looks they're ready to rumble.
Vice Records releases Underneath the Rainbow (great title on) March 18. The Black Lips play Neumos with the Coathangers on March 28. $16 adv, 21+