The Black Lips | 09.15.14

live black-lips_75Donning the stage with a very DIY backdrop, Black Lips recalled the glory days of punk.

The Ready Room, St. Louis

Punk’s not dead! This was proven Monday night at The Ready Room when The Black Lips played St. Louis. Coming from Atlanta, Ga., the four-man group thrashed it out onstage in support of their latest Vice Records release, Underneath the Rainbow.

While the band has several releases behind them, their newest opus is Southern-flavored punk at its finest. The material carries over quite well live, and the near-capacity crowd loved every note. Although the Lips played selections from past releases, it was the new material that truly stood out.

Donning the stage with a very DIY backdrop—their name spraypainted on two large, white sheets—Black Lips recalled the glory days of punk. Raw and unpolished, the band raged into its set, the front of house slamming and pogoing away. The room was alight with high energy, complete with the occasional beer spraying the air and crowd. The set included “Funny,” “Boys in the Wood,” and the latest video outing,”I Don’t Want to Go Home,” all delivered in true punk fashion. It was refreshing, if not a little odd, to see the band’s latest effort available on cassette—yes, I said cassette—at the merch booth. This is a growing trend among today’s newer art/punk rock artists.

The fervent crowd clung to every moment, including the newer material, which was well known. The same can also be said about the reception received by the second act on the bill, the quirky antics of King Khan and the BBQ Show. The two-man ensemble sported Mardi Gras masks, blonde wigs, and capes; my first impression was honestly accompanied by a look of utter surprise…then they started to play. With the King himself on guitar and his mate on guitar and kick drums, they surprised me with their cool sound.

Overall, this was a killer show. The intimacy of the Ready Room is nice when hot acts come to town. The Black Lips and King Khan and The BBQ Show (complete with a real BBQ outside the venue!) made for a great time. | Marc Farr

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