The sound of smashed beer cans against a bass guitar sparks the the influence of recklessness most listeners experience after seeing The Black Lips perform. The Atlanta-based flower punk band most known for their hit “Bad Kids,” which was included in the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, has recently graced the What Stage at this year’s Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.
I was privileged enough to have attended that show, having no idea what an experience I was in for. The four person band files itself along the front of the stage because every member has an agenda of wild moves that they must share with their audience. This includes beer smashing, liquor pouring and throwing oneself across the stage like they’re still practicing in their mother’s basement. If you rock out to the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack you won’t be disappointed with this band.
In fact, their song “O Katrina!” is on the soundtrack! Maybe you’re not sure what I’m referring to. In that case, visit YouTube.com and listen to “Bad Kids” and “New Direction” to get a sense of this group’s garage punk style. If your body starts shaking, your head rolling and the pulse of your heart changes tempos, don’t be afraid. That is exactly how you should feel when listening to the Black Lips, like you can relate to the punk of a kid you used to be, or still are, for that matter! So go wreak havoc with the Black Lips! Better yet, see their next show in Chicago on July 6!