Anton Newcombe Sez: Blue Angel Lounge!


Brian Jonestown Massacre mainman serves up a
hot platterful of der kraut rock!


By Blurt Staff


The Blue Angel
Lounge, from Hagen, Germany,  are
set to release their second studio album, ‘Narcotica’, November 16th – it was produced with the assistance of Anton Newcombe from the Brian Jonestown Massacre at Studio East in the former Communist
East German ‘Funkhaus’ sound
complex in Berlin (which served as a Communist radio station prior to the fall
of the Berlin Wall). The album will be released via Berlin’s 8MM Music and Newcombe’s own A


Newcombe can also be heard on backing vocals on the first
single, ‘Delete My Ideals’ and
joined the band onstage at their show in Munich
last week to perform the song, as shown in the photo above.


The band and their previous self-titled debut has been
something of a blogger’s secret tip, but this may not be the case this time
around, as they have taken a tremendous stride forward since their 2008
self-titled debut. The result being a more dynamic and atmospheric recording —
while staying true to their Velvet
Underground inspired colors, the broader, timeless influences of New
Wave, Post Punk and Shoegaze are accented throughout . There is a darker
psychedelic vein as well as more uptempo tracks to keep a dynamic balance and
one which embraces a variety of listeners. 


The backstory: Founded in 2006 by Nils Ottensmeyer and Dennis
‘Mel’ Melster, the band completed their self-titled debut in 2008, of
which 500 vinyl copies were self-released. One of the copies made it into the
hands of Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, who subsequently passed it
on to a friend at 8MM Musik. The
band were signed shortly after.


An appearance at the UK’s
Dream Machine Festival in 2008
led to the track ‘A God’, from their debut, being included on the UK neo-psych
compilation ‘Open Your Mind’, later pronounced DIY Compilation Of The Week by the BBC in 2009. Following their first ever show in Berlin in 2009,
Anton Newcombe was so impressed, he offered to help with production, and, with
his studio wizardry and the band’s already stellar songwriting and musical talent,
Narcotica’ was recorded in under two




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