Psych rock band, the Black Angels stopped at the Moog Sound Lab in Asheville, NC. While there, the band was able to pick from hundreds of analog and electric instruments including synthesizers, looping and delay pedals, sequencers and so on, and then they got to work on a version of “Don’t Play With Guns” from their latest effort, Indigo Meadow.
Throughout the band’s four full-length albums, the Black Angels have developed a reputation for material that manages to be extremely dark as their lyrical and thematic concerns focus on the evil and ugly recesses of the human psyche and soul– mainly murder and madness. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the liner notes of their debut album, Passover, included a quote from Edvard Munch, the painter of The Scream, “Illness, insanity, and death are the black angels that kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.”
In the video, the band is surrounded by stacks of Moog synthesizers, sequencers, and other gadgetry. The song starts with keyboardist Kyle Hunt introducing the song with buzzing synth chords before guitarist Christian Bland starts playing a bluesy guitar riff of power chords. Hunt’s synths meshing with Bland’s guitar and a thundering but simple drumming of Stephen Bailey on a drum machine, completed with Alex Maas’ falsetto singing about demons and evil gives “Don’t Play With Guns,” a murkier, more ominous feel than the recorded version.