Black Lips are a band born out of DIY culture, working their way from sweaty basement shows in Georgia to huge crowds at international music festivals to tours in such far flung locales as India, Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, the United Arab Emirates, and many more.
Their last album ‘Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?’, produced by Sean Lennon, vindicates Black Lips for sticking it out through many years of shifting trends and buzz bands – a sonically captivating document that is as creatively unhinged as it is precisely executed, one of the rawest and most expansive albums in the band’s storied history.
The Black Lips are noted for provocative theatrics – including vomiting, urination, nudity, electric R.C. car races, fireworks, a chicken, flaming guitars and other unpredictable antics. These have been inspired by the “punk-before-punk” Viennese Actionism movement in Austria and the infamous actionist hardcore punk musician GG Allin, according to the band.