LIVE: Black Lips

You can take the band out of the garage, but you can't take the garage out of the band: The Black Lips brought a sold-out rock ruckus through the Observatory North Park on Oct. 18.

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The Black Lips brought a garage rock ruckus to Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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The band, known for its raucous live shows, did not disappoint.
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The all-ages venue was an ideal locale to catch the band -- plenty of room for the sold-out crowd to move around and get sweaty!
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The Atlanta, Georgia-based band consists of guitarist Cole Alexander, bassist Jared Swilley (pictured), lead guitarist Jack Hines, and drummer Joe Bradley.
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The band formed in 1999, by Alexander and Swilley and original guitarist Ben Ederbaugh (who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2002).
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Alexander and Swilley were kicked out of school during their senior year after the Columbine shootings in '99, because they were regarded as a "subculture danger," according to an OC Weekly article.
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The band released their debut self-titled studio album in 2003.
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The garage rock band has recorded quite a bit of material with local legend, John "Swami" Reis.
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The band recorded a 12-song studio album with King Khan & BBQ Show in 2009, under the name the Almighty Defenders.
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The group's shows are noted for their provocative theatrics -- including vomiting, urination, nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars and more.
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According to the band, they've "matured a little bit" and the shows have calmed down as a result.
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Regarding the band's live-show notoriety, Swilley has said: "It doesn't seem all that crazy to me. It's not like we have ever done a human sacrifice onstage or anything like that."
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Black Lips perform live at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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The band has gone on record as saying they like to play venues and countries that don't typically see many rock bands perform.
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Black Lips perform live at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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Wherever they play though, it'll most likely be a killer show.
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Black Lips perform live at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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Black Lips perform live at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
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