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Black Lips Biography

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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Years Active: 1999 - present
Genres: Garage Rock Revival, Psychedelic Rock, Garage Punk

Black Lips is a self-proclaimed “flower-punk” band from Atlanta, Georgia formed in 1999. The band is currently comprised of guitarist Cole Alexander, bassist Jared Swilley drummer Joe Bradley and guitarist Ian Saint Pé.

The band's debut full length album, “Black Lips!,” was released on Bomp! Records in 2003. Their second studio album, “We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow,” followed in 2004 on Bomp! The title of the album is a reference to a line from the Hayao Miyazaki film “Princess Mononoke.” “Let It Bloom” was released in 2005 via the In the Red label.

Their debut for Vice Records, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo, was released in February 2007. It is supposed to have been recorded at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, but fans, musicians, and journalists have expressed doubts about that claim and speculated that some or most of it was recorded in a studio with John Reis. Responding to such allegations, Swilley has stated that Reis recorded the show live with a soundboard, microphones and a computer placed strategically near the stage.

In September 2007 their second studio album for Vice entitled, “Good Bad Not Evil,” was released. The title is a reference to the Shangri-Las song, “Give Him a Great Big Kiss.”

The Black Lips released their fifth studio album, “200 Million Thousand,” in February 2009 on Vice Records. The songs were recorded at New Street Studio, a former art gallery in Decatur Georgia, near Atlanta.

“Arabia Mountain,” their sixth studio album, was released via Vice in 2011. Lockett Pundt produced the tracks “Bicentennial Man” and “Go Out and Get It,” while Mark Ronson was responsible for producing the rest of the songs on the album.