Your 33 Black Angels: “Pop”
Your 33 Black Angels (not to be confused with Austin’s own Black Angels) is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based psych-rock group. Unlike the great-but-gloomy Texan band with whom they share a similar name, Your 33 Black Angels temper their lead-heavy psych with plenty of pop and folk touches.
The sometimes-octet has a fluid lineup that fluctuates in membership. The band has four records under their belt since their 2007 debut Lonely Street, and number five, Moon And Morning Star, was just released last week. Album standout “Pop” has the dirge-y vocals and eastern, lysergic dissonance you’d expect from heavy psychedelia, but also a peppiness that you wouldn’t. There’s a strong backbeat, and the drumming is quick and muscular. With big, triumphant choruses, at heart, “Pop” really is a catchy tune.
It’s a sound Your 33 Black Angels have shared across the country on some hard touring and in Europe. The band is making two stops in Austin this week. You can catch them tonight at the Mohawk, and Wednesday at the Hole in the Wall.