The Capers And Creative Journey of Atlanta Band The Black Lips

Apr 26, 2019

Atlanta's own Black Lips is a band that keeps audiences on their toes, literally — which you'd know if you've ever landed in the mosh pit at one of their shows — and figuratively, given that the latest it-bag line from Gucci is named after band member Zumi Rosow. 

For 20 years, founding members Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley have been making unruly garage rock, rockabilly records, and sometimes, they can sound like old country crooners. They are currently on a short U.S. tour, but will return to Atlanta just in time to hit the stage on the first day of the 2019 Shaky Knees Music Festival, which begins Friday, May 3.


Swilley and Alexander spoke with On Second Thought while on the road, from The Studio in Portland, Maine, describing their journey from Dunwoody High School to recording with Yoko Ono. 

Check out the video for their song, "Crystal Night":

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