Black Light Animals are a psychedelic soul group hailing from the midwest. Taking equal influence from ’70s Italian horror soundtracks, Wu Tang samples, and Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, their sprawling debut album explores themes of humanity, social media obsession, political division, and the concept of “amusing ourselves to death.” Sonically rich and full of spaghetti western guitars, psychedelic keyboards, hip hop rhythms, and lush vocals, Playboys of the Western World comes off as some forgotten ’70s film soundtrack, while exploring themes very much relevant to today.
Black Light Animals’ Playboys of the Western World will be available August 20 on limited vinyl, CD and streaming/digital formats via Groove King Records.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the band’s video for their new single, “Halo.” Black Light Animals’ Cole Bales had this to say about it:
“Chronic narcissists, Black Light Animals, overperform their new single ‘Halo,’ desperately vying for approval as a faceless spectator watches on from the otherwise vacant audience. Unimpressed, the spectator eventually decides to do away with the band one by one as the track plays on, revealing that Black Light Animals were merely lip syncing the whole time and their performance was pre-recorded. The faceless spectator returns to their seat in the audience and waits for the next audition…
“The video for Halo simultaneously tackles the themes of adulation, isolation, and self deprecation referenced in the song, while visually paying loving tribute to the films of Dario Argento and Mario Brava that inspired the record.”