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Black Lips at Deluxx Fluxx, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Black Lips' latest album is called "Sign in a World That's Falling Apart," but the Atlanta quintet is actually pretty together -- and advancing.



The album, which came out earlier this month, steps out of Black Lips garage rock past for a twangier Americana sound, with more direct focus on melody and lyrical storytelling. It's also the group's first with guitarist Jeff Clarke, who joined during 2018, after the release of "Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?"



The album has the group on the road, of course, and singer-bassist and co-founder Jared Swilley tells us that the change is going down well with fans...



"Sing in a World That's Falling Apart," Swilley acknowledges by phone, "was kind of like our stab, or interpretation of country or roots music. It's by no means purist at all, but our weird version of it. It kind of goes back to our roots, and it's popped up throughout our output over the years, but not to this great an extent.



Swilley, 36, adds that country songs are "a lot easier to write, actually. You've only got to work with three chords and whistle a good tune and get it down. You do have to focus a lot more on the lyrics, which is a lot of fun to do. You've got to have good lyrics because you can hear 'em. You're not hiding behind a wall of distortion or anything. That's the biggest difference."



"Sing in a World That's Falling Apart's" title may sound provocative, but Swilley says there's no political intent. "My family gospel group during the 60s and 70s used to sing crusade favorites, and 'in a world that's falling apart' is a lyric to one song. I guess some people misconstrue it as having something to do with the political climate of the time, but there's no political stance to it. If anything we look at it as more of a positive thing, like if the world was really going down we'd be singing instead of freaking out."



Black Lips play Sunday, March 1, at Deluxx Fluxx, 1274 Library St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $15; 313-788-7015 or deluxxfluxx.com.

Web Site: www.deluxxfluxx.com

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