The Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzey, Grave Babies At Neumos 6/16Posted by Nick Hilden
The Black Lips will be bringing their elaborate form of garage-scum madness to Neumos on this Thursday the 16th for a show that can just about guarantee a high dose of chaos with a possible chance of—read it with me—golden showers. I write ‘just a chance’ as the band has been gradually toning down the fluid-fest, when in the past the band would gratify an audience with a combination of vomiting, urination, and a bit of guy on guy kissing (of the three it’s this last that really seems to freak out the squares). Are they whittling down the more disgusting aspects of their show to appeal to a wider audience? Or are they just growing up and realizing that a large chuck of the population thinks that getting peed on is, well, shitty? They’re touring now to promote their new album Arabia Mountain, and a listen to the record provides a hint that maybe these self-proclaimed Georgia flower-punks are making their stab for the big leagues. But don’t go to the show expecting anything close to tame. Taking a step back from puking on the crowd still provides ample room for craziness.
The Lips will be joined by Vice Records brethren and Seattle locals Grave Babies, who haunt the stage with a strange mixture of goth, dance, electro-punk. Also on the bill is one of NYC’s newest and most talked about skate-punk bands Cerebral Ballzy, who sing ripping fast songs about their love of drink and will provide a distinct deja-vu for those of you who are nostalgic for New York’s original spikey-haired drunk punks, the Casualties.
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