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BLACK LIPS with Chain And The Gang, Nowhere Squares

BLACK LIPS with Chain And The Gang, Nowhere Squares

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Atlanta’s beloved sons the Black Lips entered last year through a screaming cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist, in front of a dangerously packed hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter. If a band’s bipolarity runs on a touring vs. recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic spells.

After a spring and summer running the usual festival circuit in North America and Europe, the Lips embarked on a two-month fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of “Athens, GA — Inside/Out” fame, who filmed the band playing for kids in Tunis and Cairo who had just overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai whose government is richer than God (and might control a genie).

As Cody assembled his footage into the feature “Kids Like You and Me,” the band returned home from the New Year’s maelstrom and began settling into album mode. Songs had piled up in the two years since 2011’s ‘Arabia Mountain.’ “We went into the studio with about 80% of the record written,” says bassist Jared Swilley. “which is a little more than usual for…

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