The Black Angels: Austin’s Most Iconic Export Takes SXSW by Storm with Psychedelic and Meditative Soundscape Thoughts+Photos: The Black Angels at Empire Garage During SXSW 3/13/23
AUSTIN, TX- The Black Angels are a band that originated in Austin, Texas, and their music is heavily influenced by the city’s rich musical heritage. Austin is known for its vibrant music scene, which has produced many successful bands over the years, and The Black Angels are considered one of the city’s most iconic musical exports. Closing my first night at SXSW with this critically acclaimed band seemed more than appropriate.
I was totally immersed in The Black Angels blend of psychedelic rock, garage rock, and drone music. In the dimly lit Empire Garage, it was an experience just zoning out their to their uniquely experimental music. I’d always heard of their The Black Angeles having a visual intense live show (i.e. trippy visuals like strobe lights, and other psychedelic effects), but I think they just used the venue standard lighting rig to backlight them.
As I zoned out to The Black Angels music, I could feel myself getting lost in the intricate layers of sound, with each instrument and melody blending together seamlessly. They really are masters of effects, taking full advantage of reverb, echo, and distortion, and grooves are utterly hypnotic. Nothing like closing out the evening with a meditative experience through a soundscape.