Profiles

The Black Lips' Jared Swilley explains why there is violence in the world: "Young dudes that aren't getting sex very often like to smash shit."

The Black Lips (due Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Bluebird Theater) are the notorious rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia who had to flee India for fear of persecution over on stage antics involving band members kissing each other. Their show at the club Heaven in London in September 2008 ended in a riot. The band has generally courted mayhem, and they're in town this week in support of a new record: Underneath the Rainbow. Prior to the recording of that album, the group did a series of shows in the Middle East, which were filmed by Bill Cody, the director responsible for Athens, GA - Inside/Out, at the time of some of the most eruptive actions taken by opponents of the established government in Egypt. We had a chance to chat with bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley who offered us a more ground level perspective on what it's really like to play in the Middle East.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.