The Black Angels - Haunting at 1300 McKinley - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

The Black Angels - Haunting at 1300 McKinley

by Clare Stemp Rating:7 Release Date:2011-03-28

Ah, Texas, what is it good for? Does anyone really know? It seems one answer may be vocal talent. With that cheeky little Southern twang, Alex Maas of The Black Angels has a rock drawl to be envied. 'Haunting at 1300 McKinley' is the current single from the band's third album, Phosphene Dream. The title is based on the time they shared their crazy ol' band home with a ghost when living at, yep, 1300 McKinley in Austin. Which is true, apparently. Cripes.

The key word for The Black Angels' sound always seems to be 'psychedelic', but this release doesn't appear too trippy at all. Maybe a little Doors-esque with the lo-fi guitar filters and echoey vocal, but nothing overly mind-altering here. Still, it gets your foot tapping alright, which is a frankly better quality. With a vigorous, looping guitar riff and hypnotically chunky beat, this is a massively catchy garage-rock number. It's got abundant force packed into its short body, making for an enjoyable tour de force of rock rhythm. Nothing groundbreaking, just good old cyclical power-scuzz. Simple, effective, unpretentious, with no boring b-sides to detract from it. It should probably have its own spin-off game, where bets are placed on who can last the longest without some toe-bobbing or head-nodding. You would lose.

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