Black Lips – “Boys In The Wood”
When we heard about Black Lips’ rootsy new Patrick-Carney-assisted LP Underneath The Rainbow, we were promised a song called “Boys In The Wood” (pun) about “doing bathtub drugs and drinking bathtub gin.” That song is here, and it lives up to the hype in that it indeed sounds like Black Lips doing roots rock. Trebly guitars that would normally buzz through surf rock riffs now snipe at you with twangy string-bending panache; gang vocals once employed for garage revelry are reframed as gently swaying bluesy sing-alongs; horns descend on the chorus, perhaps from heaven. Drink it all in below.
Underneath The Rainbow is out 3/18/14 via Vice.