Beer bottles smashed against large amps, firecrackers lit on stage, and making out with random audience members was only the beginning of the Black Lips show at the Bowery Ballroom last Friday. The crowd was wild and filled with much energy. A large mosh pit dominated the floor as they were cups of beer being thrown in every direction, crowd surfing, and pit diving. The raw excitement started at the very end of the opening act Night Beats as Ian St. Pe, guitarist of Black Lips, was invited to come on set for Night Beats final song. The retro and edgy act of Night Beats became complete and utter chaos in a small amount of time there after. Ian St. Pe started smashing beer bottles against the amps and used the mouth of the beer bottles as sliders for his guitar. The bassist of Night Beats, Tarek Wegner, was jumping in and out of the crowd and set a firecracker on stage which filled the Bowery with a smokey haze within a few minutes.
After a half hour of cleaning up the Night's mess, Black Lips took the stage. The floor suddenly started to appear as a giant tidal wave as the fans started pushing and shoving their way around the room. Black Lips constantly had fans throw full cups of beer on stage, splashing singer and bassist, Jared Swilley. The southern garage rockers (hailing from Atlanta, Georgia) really expressed their strong punk roots through their reckless attitude they carried on stage. Strap studded guitar player, Cole Alexander, liked to throw his guitar behind his neck and play with much intensity. Alexander also got down on his knees at the edge of the stage while playing a song and kissed a random member of the audience. The Lips liked to jump around on stage and not only create, but enjoy the thrill of their audience. During the favorited single "Bad Kids", Black Lips were joined by a numerous amount of crowd surfers on stage as they all sang along. This poppy garage rock band certainly loves to follow the classic punk rock feel to their performance that is both impressionable and authentic.
Black Lips put out tunes on Vice Records and their new album, Arabia Mountain, provides much of their raw energy in pocket form (thanks to producer Mark Ronson). Keep an eye out for this always exciting band as they continue their summer tour.
For more Black Lips action, check out our concert video of the band raging at McCarren Park.