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Skatepark of Tampa / Tampa Pro Party
The People's Temple
Fri · March 23, 2012
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 2:30 am)The Orpheum
$10.00 - $12.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.theorpheum.com/event/97921/
The Lips – Alexander, singer-bassist Jared Swilley, singer-guitarist Ian St. Pé, and singer-drummer Joe Bradley – had never collaborated with a producer before embarking on their current album. This time, however, the band set out to work with one of the producers on their short list: Mark Ronson, the English producer known for both his sharply-honed solo albums Version and Record Collection and his production work for the likes of Sean Paul, Nas, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran, Lily Allen, and most notably U.K. soul-pop diva Amy Winehouse's international breakthrough Back to Black.
"When that came out, we thought, for mainstream pop, this has a cool retro sensibility that we appreciate," Cole says. "We knew he had the potential to get an older sound. We're not purists who just want to sound old, but there are certain recording techniques that were used a long time ago that sound really good, and can be used in today's context. We felt he understood that."
While the Lips have by no means turned their backs on the storming punk and garage-rock that is the core of their confrontational style, working with Ronson allowed them to work at a more relaxed pace and refine their song-oriented side. "We've gone in and done a whole album in a week," Cole says. "After our last album, we plateaued with that approach. We decided to spend a lot of time and actually work on this record. It ended up taking a year and a half, which is the longest we've ever spent. We had some good pop songs in the past, but they got buried in the swampy production. Beefing up the production made a difference. It was a little outside the box for us, and a little outside Mark's box as well."
Although the majority of Arabia Mountain was cut with Ronson at MetroSonic Recording Studios in Brooklyn, two songs, "Go Out and Get It" and "Bicentennial Man," were recorded by Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter in Atlanta. Cole says, "We did those two songs on four-track cassette, and that's old-school Black Lips – that's how we first started recording. I just really like cassette sounds. It's really compact and punchy."
Arabia Mountain careens through a typically wild catalog of subject matter: touring the Dali Museum, high ("Modern Art"), backwards masking and double suicide ("Mad Dog"), the superhero as molestation victim ("Spidey's Curse"), the joys and perils of uncooked food ("Raw Meat"), the saga of the Atlanta Braves' team mascot ("Noc-A-Homa"). "We went further with this record than we ever did in the past," Cole says. "If you listen to the lyrics to some songs, they're a little deeper, I think."
While straight-ahead revved-up rock is not in short supply, the new collection pushes the band's stylistic boundaries. "Family Tree" found its musical inspiration in a Bolivian folk tune heard on a compilation produced by the eclectic Atlanta label Dust-to-Digital. "Dumpster Dive" is a full-on plunge into Rolling Stones-style country. And "Don't Mess My Baby" uses tribal drumming to convert a song that began life as Bobby Fuller-styled pop-rockabilly into something approaching South African township jive.
SOME PEOPLE think musicians are weird, and many would think The People's Temple weird.
Like George who spends his spare hours walking alone around the city... his favorite all-time job was running a merry-go-round because "people didn't bug me and I could think." And Will who reminds himself not to be vain by placing a mirror so high above his apartment floor he can't see himself. Or Alex who doesn't smoke, drink or eat meat and would like to travel to India to "study the mystic religious life there." And happy-go-lucky Spencer who almost became a Certified Public Accountant like his mother, until he began "freaking out in the music field" and hasn't added a column of figures since.
The Lansing, Michigan band met while growing up in Perry - a small town 20 minutes outside of Lansing. While still in high school the brothers became influenced by '60s psych, folk, and shoegaze, which show in the band's reverberated sound. The band started playing gigs in the Lansing area in 2008 and has since developed a reputation of performing wild stage shows, with ample guitar feedback.
The band has 7-inch EPs on Certified PR Records, Milk-n-Herpes Records and HoZac Records. Their debut LP, "Sons of Stone" was released in Mayl 2011 on HoZac Records. Also a 7" on Goodbye Boozy appeared in late 2011. The band is working on a new studio album for 2012.
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