"Underneath The Rainbow" - Black Lips [Official Album Stream]

Diana Chan

by Diana Chan

Published March 3, 2014

The Black Lips are releasing their first LP since 2011's Arabia Mountain, and they're streaming the whole thing two weeks before its release.

The band started recording Underneath The Rainbow last year, which was co-produced in Nashville by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. Additionally, according to an interview with Rolling Stone, Mastodon's Brent Hinds contributed lead guitar and pedal steel parts, while Daptone Records players filled in some horn parts.

They've already shared a few songs from the keenly anticipated album, including single "Justice After All" and the extremely NSFW video for "Boys In The Wood." The rest of the album sees a gritty, Southern-fried, drug-fueled good time.

The first tune, "Drive By Buddy," sets the mood for the rest of the album, as a mashup of '60s psychedelia, country, and straight-up rock and roll. "Smiling" takes pop harmonies and flips the innocent sound upside down with "the cops are busting all of us" as the refrain. The record's feeling starts to change with "Funny," which acts as a darker counterpoint with plenty of psychedelic sounds pumped in. Following that, "Dorner Party" cuts in with a garage-punk tune that would easily have landed on a 45 back in the '70s. The mood slows down and stays that way with the boozy "Boys In The Wood," followed by "Waiting" and "Do The Vibrate," but "I Don't Wanna Go Home" reclaims the poppy rock and roll from the beginning of the record. "Dandelion Dust" crescendos and builds suspense for the epic "Dog Years" to close out the album.

In all, it's a fun jaunt through a seedy world, pumped full of the adrenaline you feel right before getting caught by the cops. The raw, overdriven sound across the instruments and the vocals makes for a grimy, punk-influenced record. Meanwhile, the precision playing and excellent composition solidify their status as veteran rockers. Stream the whole thing above.

Underneath The Rainbow is out on March 18th via VICE Records and you can pre-order it via iTunes. For more news, music, videos, and tour dates, check out the Black Lips' Zumic artist page.


Source: Spotify

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