Atlanta rockers the Black Lips planned to have their sixth album, “Arabia Mountain,” out by this point. But delays pushed it back to June 7, and frontman Cole Alexander acknowledges that “it’s a little weird” to be playing shows in a kind of new music limbo at this point.
Nevertheless, the group is anxious to integrate the new music, produced mostly by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Christina Aguilera), into its repertoire.
“We were really just trying to make something somewhat accessible but (messed) up, too, so trying to make it simple, weird and accessible at the same time,” Alexander, 28, explains. “(Ronson) brought in the hitmaking sensibilities and we brought in the (messed) up part. Then you get a little inebriated and think outside the box, and you get a good mixture of the two.”
Black Lips have given fans a preview of “Arabia Mountain” by releasing the tracks “Go Out and Get It” and “Modern Art,” along with videos, “to get people salivating,” Alexander said. And he’s confident they’ll be doing more than that when the album finally comes out.
“This record rocks,” Alexander proclaims. “I used to hate our records. You get sick of them a lot because you’ve been working on ’em for so long. But I can still listen to this one, so that’s a testament to the true power of unbridled rock ’n’ roll music.”
The Black Lips and the Vivian Girls perform Sunday, April 17, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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