The Black Angels: Waterloo Waltz
Riley Hawk was put to the task of selecting four bands that shred as hard in the studio as he does on the board to bring the Riley Hawk Northwest Blowout EP via ScionAV (available for free download here). Among them were Kadvar, LOOM, Hot Lunch and The Black Angels – the latter of which churned out a jam that I am particularly keen on.
The congregation commences and we’re greeted with hippie tea and flowers in our hair as guitarist Christian Bland strums a Zeppelin-esque intro. The softness is abruptly cut as the band bursts through the wall like a Hulk gone green. Bass and drums of a grizzly nature come down like cinder blocks in a panicked bridge before the Angels dip into their familiar cauldron of murky guitars and cavernously reverbed vocals. Frontman Alex Maas crows, “Inside-out, upside-down, all around, underground…” as the swirling jam gains momentum and surrounds us again.