Garage rockers Black Lips recruited Yoko Ono on their new song “Occidental Front,” a thunderous track from their upcoming LP, Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? Ono’s wordless, distorted moans appear throughout the song, propelled by bluesy guitar swells and drummer Oakley Munson’s snare rim groove.
Ono’s son, Sean Lennon, produced Satan’s Graffiti. Black Lips recently previewed the LP, their first since 2014’s Underneath the Rainbow, with gritty garage-rocker “Can’t Hold On.” Last month, the band released another new track, the psychedelic “Squatting in Heaven.” Along with Ono, the album features contributions by Fat White Family’s Saul Adamczewski.
Black Lips’ revamped lineup now includes singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, bassist Jared Swilley, newly reinstated guitarist Jack Hines (who played with the band from 2002 to 2004) and two new members, Munson and saxophonist Zumi Rosow.
The quintet will kick off a North American tour in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The trek stretches throughout May and concludes the 23rd in Birmingham, Alabama. Black Lips also appear in Terrence Malick’s new rock drama, Song to Song, which recently premiered at South by Southwest.