Brian Eno once famously commented that the Velvet Underground might only have sold 30,000 records while they were still together, but "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band". In the case of Texas four-piece band, The Black Angels, they didn't only start a band, they named themselves after the Velvet Underground's 'The Black Angel's Death Song' and use a high contrast negative of occasional vocalist, Nico, as their logo.
With those references, it should come as no surprise that The Black Angels' sound is highly inspired by the Velvet Underground and some of their contemporaries. Lead vocalist Alex Maas' voice has the same characteristic nonchalance as that of Lou Reed, while Stephanie Bailey's dry and often primitive drums are in line with Maureen Tuckers' bare rhythms.
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