Black Lips’ latest album, “200 Million Thousand,” hasn’t been out that long — 13 months. But the Atlanta modern rockers are already two recording sessions into its follow-up, which guitarist Ian Saint Pe says could be out by late summer or early fall, “when school gets back in.”
Saint Pe says the group held one session at its studio in Decatur, Ga. — which he says has been “a little more fine-tuned” than when the Lips made “200 Million Thousand” — and another with Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt from Deerhunter producing. The band is planning another session for the Distillery in Costa Mesa, Calif., where it made its 2005 album “Let It Bloom.”
“They’ve been focused sessions,” Saint Pe, 29, says. “I’m already digging what we’ve got. I’ve read reviews where people say we haven’t changed, but, man, the wheel ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We do what we do. It’ll sound like a Black Lips record; I can’t say much more than that. It’s got garage stuff, punk stuff, a little of that Atlanta hip-hop. It’s just who we are. I think it sounds good.”
The group is previewing one new track, “Raw Meat,” in concert, and Saint Pe says the Detroit stop might be a reason to work up Iggy Pop’s “Again & Again,” which Black Lips covered for “200 Million Thousand.”
“The Stooges blew my mind growing up,” says Saint Pe. “I still think they’re probably one of the best bands ever. It’s the kind of music that’s like Little Richard said — it makes your big toe jump up in your boots and move, but at the same time there’s this raw element of, just, destruction.
“It’s kind of the cool music you can dance to, but at the same time you can cut yourself or smash a beer can over your head. It’s some of the best music ever done.”
The Black Lips, Box Elders and Tyvek perform Tuesday, March 30, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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