Riotous Atlanta-based garage rockers The Black Lips are set to roll into the UK when they play six shows in London at the end of February and release new single ‘Not a Problem’.
The single and B-side ‘Dirty Hands’ were recorded live in Tijuana, Mexico, during a frenetic, 45-minute set. Part of the footage can be seen at Vicerecords.com.
“Vice [Records] set us up, with a Mariachi band playing in between sets, free beer and tequila,” guitarist Ian St. Pé told NME.COM. “A kid did so much coke, his face froze up.. one of our friends got robbed of $800.”
The ten best songs were collected for the upcoming album ‘Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo’ out February 20 (US).
The live album will be a perfect introduction to a band whose live show is infamous, including an opening slot for Wolfmother at the Mercury Lounge in New York last year, where guitarist/vocalist Cole Alexander urinated into his own mouth and spat it back at the audience, getting them banned from the venue.
“It’s definitely true,” said Alexander or the incident.
“Honestly, we don’t need to [act up onstage],” St. Pé said. “I think our songs hold up.”
“We’re trying to grow up a bit (laughing),” Alexander added.
The band doesn’t seem to be growing up anytime soon. Their most recent exploit saw the band having to put out a bulletin on MySpace.com to ask for a guitar and amp, just a week before playing a headlining tour on the West Coast of the United States.
“We found some guy to loan us a van for $100,” St. Pé said. “We’ve been on tours with no equipment and just ask other bands, ‘can we use your shit?’.”
Two nights in Los Angeles last week playing the Echo and Spaceland saw the band tearing into its back catalog of three albums, turning a roomful of shoegazing hipsters into moshing, stage-diving hooligans.
Their trademark onstage kissing was nowhere to be seen, although at both shows Alexander did manage to spit into the air and catch it back in his own mouth.
The Black Lips are now set to head to London at the end of February.
London Barden’s (February 28)
London Montague Arms (March 1)
London Chalk at Scala (3)
London Coronet (4)
London Waterats (5)
London Old Blue Last (7)
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