Tonight in Music: The Black Angels, Black Mountain, and Black MondayPosted by Joe Gustav
As the snow melts, Seattle’s winter wonderland becomes much less wondrous. With the sky matching the pavement on the brightest of days and the sun going down (if it came out at all) by the time the average working stiff is catching the bus home, it’s easy to find oneself in an equally dark mood. Tonight’s bill at Showbox at the Market is for those who need a soundtrack for these days, or even enjoy them. The Black Angels make psychedelic rock with drone undertones heavily influenced by the Velvet Underground, from whom they take their name. Black Mountain draw heavily on Zeppelin and Black Sabbath but have also added dense folk and metal sounds to their latest, Wilderness Heart. This is music made for dive bars where the condensation fogs the windows and small packs of smokers huddle outside spiting the elements in the name of bad habits. This is music for people who say “f*ck Goretex” no matter the temperature.
If the beer-swilling ripped jeans crowd doesn’t suit your cold shoulder, check out the ongoing Black Monday series at the Sunset. A night dedicated to goth and industrial, tonight’s edition (the last of 2010) will feature locals Still Falling and Below Blackstar. Still Falling go for more of a shoegaze/New Wave approach reminiscent of cited influences Joy Division and New Order, and reformed in 2008 after a nearly two decade hiatus. Below Blackstar come with loud, angsty power cords that make the rock revivalists at the Showbox look soft. Dark, heavy, troubled, Black Monday promises to be a much-needed dose of prog-rock and shoegaze in autumn’s last gasps as trees go bare and the sun becomes an elusive recluse.