A chilly Thursday night in Manchester did not deter fans from flocking to the city’s newest music venue. New Century Hall has played host to a number of high profile and diverse acts since it’s opening last year, and tonight was no exception.

American psychedelic rock band The Black Angels, comically described by my well-informed gig buddy as ‘nodding dad rock’ (a compliment apparently from a long-time fan) returned to Manchester to showcase their latest release ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’, the bands 6th album since they formed in 2004.

Support came from Israeli rockers Tamar Aphek. A regular on the underground scene for over a decade and, a multi-instrumentalist and a bloody impressive guitar player to boot! Along with her backing band, Aphek played a diverse set from her back catalogue of psych-blues-rock influences teamed with elegance and a heavy bass line which made this support act an ideal starter for the main event.

Tamar Aphek played.

Too Much Information
Russian Winter
Send Them Over
Nothing Can Surprise Me
Bring It Up
Star Quality (Carusella cover)

The crowd had filled out the roomy New Century Hall as The Black Angels took to the stage to a warm Manchester reception. The band shared their fond memories of Manchester and seemed genuinely happy to be back, endearing the audience further with between song anecdotes. The psychedelic five-piece showcased their latest album which highlights the last couple of bizarre years of which appear to be coming to an end (fingers crossed). This latest album comes five years after 2017’s ‘Death Song’.

This latest offering has a nod towards 60’s pop, teamed with melodic layering of guitars. The sound quality at New Century is certainly up there amongst the many Manchester music venues, and an ideal platform for their impressive comeback album. The Black Angels continue their tour of Europe with a stop-off in Greece before embarking on numerous dates across the pond. You can find all things Angels here at the band’s official website. https://theblackangels.com/

The Black Angels played.

You On The Run
El Jardin
History Of The Future
Grad As Much (as you can)
Without A Trace
Walk On The Outside
The Prodigal Sun
Entrance Song
The River
Mission District
Black Grease
Empires Falling
Wilderness of Mirrors
Bloodhounds on My Trail
Vermillion Eyes
Yellow Elevator #2
Choose to Choose
La Pared (Govt. Wall Blues)
Young Men Dead