The Black Angels: Passover 

The Black Angels newest album, Passover, is rock 'n' roll the way it should sound: dirty. It's all muffled guitar and bass with pounding drums that drags along like a prison tour. The Black Angels are friends with Brian Jonestown Massacre songwriter and leader Anton Newcombe. The two bands have a similar sound but The Angels have the direction that Brian Jonestown lacks.

Heavy reverb covers every track, making the album sound like it was recorded in a back alley dumpster. Lead singer Alex Maas's vocals encompass the spirit of '60s psychedelic rock and just adds the band's strung-out noise-heavy low drones and wails. One of the draws to Passover is the under-produced sound so rare in the music industry today. Instead of a sharp, crisp sound, The Angels create the atmosphere and feel of a real band in a room playing together. They formed near Austin, Texas in 2004, but sound more like they should have come out of the Northwest, or a British time capsule. They are currently on tour in support of The Black Keys. The Angels have their own slogan that seems to sum up their experience: "The Black Angels are marching into battle for your souls. Turn on, tune in, drone out."

You can catch the Angels at The Record Exchange (for FREE!) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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