New Best Kept Secret: Black Eyed Angels (Florida)


Latest pick of cool
emerging artist in our ongoing collaboration with Sonicbids.


By Fred Mills


The BLURT staff put our heads (and ears) together and we
have the latest pick for our Blurt/Sonicbids “Best Kept
Secret”: it’s the Black Eyed Angels, from the West Coast of Florida. This makes
our 20th  BKS selection since
commencing the program of spotlighting new and under-the-radar artists back in



Somnambulist by Black Eyed Angels


The group is described in its bio thusly: “Black Eyed Angels
is the grittier outpouring of ex-members of Florida’s lauded psychedelic/punk outfit,
Sons of Hippies. In an attempt to
unite the success of their previous space rock project with more stripped-down
and heavier rock sensibilities, guitarist Katherine Kelly and drummer Jonas
Canales thrust Black Eyed Angels directly into the twitching vein where the
Hippies left off.”


Indeed! Along with the notable moniker overhaul, the Angels’
sound has evolved into something that simultaneously spacey and steamrollerish,
touching on vintage ‘70s hard psych (the droning skronk ‘n’ shrieks of “Dark
Daisies”) and latterday dreampop (melodic jangler “Somnambulist”), making the
band accessible on multiple levels. It’s arty but with a dirty undertow, which
is to say pure rock ‘n’ roll. To date the Angels have released a couple of full
lengths and a pair of EPs (under their previous name) and have plenty more
planned. We’ll have an interview with the band posted to the site shortly in
which we let them fill you in on all this and more. Meanwhile, check out their
official website or Facebook page for additional details as well as song
samples. They’re one of the good ‘uns,
trust us.


Black Eyed Angels:

Katherine Kelly – guitars, Lead Vocals
Jonas Canales – Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Synth
David Daly – Vocals, Bass





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Secret: The
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Swan Green, from Brooklyn


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Secret: stephaniesI­d,
from Asheville


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& the Pleasure Principle, from England


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Vests, from Memphis


>Our November Best Kept
Secret: The
Vivs, from Boston


>Our January 2010 Best Kept
Secret: The
Public Good, from D.C.


>Our February Best Kept
Secret: Dirty Dancing, from


>Our April Best Kept Secret: Jenny Dee
& the Deelinquents
, from Boston


>Our June Best Kept Secret: The Rebel Set,
from Phoenix


 >Our August Best Kept
Secret: Alice
, from Los Angeles


>Our October 2010 Best Kept
Secret: Doug
, from Charlotte



>Our January 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Drunken
, from Portland



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Secret: Preachers
, from Dublin, Ireland



>Our June 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Butter, from Durham, NC



>Our August 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Dark Circles,
from Nashville, TN


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