The Black Lips w/ Nobunny Mutter 1.27.10
Itís 11:30 on a Sunday night and I find myself front and center at a sold out Casbah. Nobunny had recently finished a really fun set, which was a great surprise (those guys are great), yet the headliners, The Black Lips, are just talking the stage. Did I mention itís 11:30 on a Sunday night, and itís sold out? As the band introduces themselves with a bit of a Southern drawl, throwing in an endorsement for the newly crowned NFC Champion New Orleans Saints, the room starts to fill and the area around me constricts into a suffocating squeeze.
All of a sudden the music starts. Simultaneously the crowd explodes and in an instant I am jettisoned from within 3 feet of the stage to a much greater distance of 15 feet. The movement was completely involuntary as it just happened in a matter of seconds along with the ebb and flow of the crowd. In front of me I witness total chaos. I can honestly say that The Black Lips made it rain, and Iím not talking Lil Wayne style. This is making it rain Black Lips style where the dollar bills are replaced with drops of Pabst Blue Ribbon spewing from uncountable tall cans being spun overhead.
The crowd was a big sloppy mess of a good time feeding off of the energy The Black Lips were supplying. At one point a member of the band spit his drink out into the crowd only to have the favor returned by one of his fans. There was dancing, pushing, crowd surfing, and more dancing. If you were a Casbah bouncer, this was your night to call in sick because every penny earned was a hard earned penny.
The Black Lips may or may not be a band youíd listen to, and to be completely honest I canít find myself inspired enough to ever listen to one of their albums. However, I would highly recommend seeing them live as there arenít many experiences like it. The Black Lips are the perfect party band. A group of down to earth friendly guys who know how to take over a stage and turn an audience into a drunken mob of a good time. Just hope this party doesnít play in your living room as it will never be the same.