‘Flower-punk’ band from Atlanta, Georgia, Black Lips, consists of 4 members. Renegade guitarist Cole Alexander and bassist Jared Swilley left the band, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh left Reruns, and they were swiftly joined by drummer Joe Bradley. Together, the musical bedmates produced garage-flavoured punk rock infused with a Southern accent, a messed up, bluesy undertow, and the destructive impact of a pyromaniac 15-year-old with a bag of firecrackers. They called themselves the Black Lips and very quickly became one of Peach State’s wildest bands.
Although their rise to fame happened quickly enough, the band’s journey was not without its tragedies. Before they went on tour in December 2002, Ben Eberbaugh was killed when his car was struck by a drunk driver going the wrong way on a highway. But that didn’t kill their spirits. Black Lips still managed to release a full-length album in 2003, and after several replacements, found an ideal replacement for Eberbaugh in former Renegades member, Ian St. Pe’ in 2004.
With a reputation for crazy live performances including vomiting, urinating, nudity, band members kissing, fireworks and a chicken, the undeterred crowd kept coming back for more of Black Lips. After they were featured in Spin and Rolling Stone magazines in 2006, the group got America’s attention with the New York Times labeling them the hardest working band during the 2007 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Black Lips were going at it live for a dozen shows over a three-day period.
Black Lips released Good Bad Not Evil in September 2007, and then was called “one of the best live bands in America” by Rolling Stone magazine.
They’ve persevered for their music and have recently released their 5th album, 200 Million Thousand. The first single ‘Short Fuse’ was released on 9 March.