Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.




Punk rock lives! The newest album from Dunwoody, Georgia’s Black Lips is a definitive statement to that fact. Underneath the Rainbow, the band’s seventh album, is a no-nonsense record of different modes of punk, while staying true to the Lips’ own style. Touched by country, R&B, and pop, Black Lips still have plenty of raw power left over. Underneath the Rainbow has a coherent flavor, yet retains a track-by-track flair.

As the Black Lips, Cole Alexander (vocals, guitar), Jared Swilley (bass, vocals), Joe Bradley (drums), and Jack Hines (guitar) have released 23 singles to date. The first single from the new release is “Funny,” a Joan Jett–style rocker. Spotlight tracks include “Smiling,” “Boys in the Wood,” and new single “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.” With true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion, Black Lips remind me of why I love punk music.

While this is not your typical punk album, Underneath the Rainbow is a cool record that may even bring in some new fans. Raw enough to satisfy most purist punks, while stylized enough for rock and pop fans, this CD is one to own this summer. B| Marc Farr

See Black Lips with special guests King Khan and the BBQ Show at The Ready Room in St. Louis on September 15.Tickets are $20 and are available now through TicketFly. Visit Black Lips website for full tour dates and show information.

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