Black Lips Came, Saw, Conquered McCarren Park Pool

Sean Keenan

What can I say, Black Lips came in and totally owned McCarren Park Pool. They hit the stage like a bat out of hell and left a wake of destruction from their utter chaos. It was a fairly mellow Sunday afternoon prior to their set, aside from the funk/soul extravaganza from King Khan and the Shrines. But the sun was beating down hard and the droning melodies of Deerhunter put the crowd in somewhat of a trance. The Atlanta five-piece, headed by Bradford Cox, brought their noise rock and set up Black Lips with the perfect scenario to descend on the unassuming crowd. They unleashed a fury of toilet paper, torn-open pillows and beach balls, not to mention good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Showing the other side of the Atlanta music scene, their stripped down sound doesn’t pretend to be anything more than feel good jams. As guitarist, Ian Saint Pé, put it so bluntly, “Remember when rock ‘n’ roll didn’t have keyboards? We’ll we’re trying to bring that back.” Their first release with Vice Records in 2007, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo, was supposedly recorded at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, and shows their dedication to drinking and having fun. And on Sunday afternoon, everyone eventually joined in on the party. Amidst the haze of toilet paper, Bradford from Deerhunter mounted King Khan himself, cheering on the Black Lips in one glorious rock 'n’ roll moment. The mayhem they brought to McCarren Park Pool holds true in the chorus from their song “Veni Vidi Vici,”: “I came, I saw, I conquered all.”

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