Alex Maas x X MAAS (Take Me Away)

Alex Maas (The Black Angels’ vocalist and multi-instrumentalist) released his debut solo album, Luca, in 2020.  After recently focusing on new Black Angels material, he returns with a solo recording that is inspired by the holiday season.  Explains Maas: “I've never written a Christmas song. Christmas has a very dark side that not many people take into account. The holidays are as painful as they are beautiful for most people. This song is for people who fall in love during Christmas and for those who want to escape completely from the holiday." 

Listen to "X MAAS (Take Me Away)."

Shines Like The Sun x Levitation Sessions

Alex Maas's new live LEVITATION SESSIONS album is streaming worldwide. New video for "Shines Like The Sun" released too!
The live session LP brings the songs from his acclaimed new solo album, Luca, plus 3 brand new tracks recorded in historic Bastrop, Texas.
Alex Maas x Levitation

In late 2020, Alex Maas - best known as the frontman for psych rock powerhouse The Black Angels - released Luca, an album of mellow psychedelia named after his son. With tours on hold, Alex and his band decamped to Bastrop, TX to bring the live show they had developed for the album to the world via this performance film, shot in the city’s historic downtown.

Alex explains,  “We shot this down in an old opera house built in 1889 and a 100 year old German tailor mercantile building in historic downtown, which is now Astro Records.  This session is a glimpse of what a tour on Luca would look like had we not been in a pandemic. It was a joy to get out and get back with the friends and collaborators I created this album with, and bring these songs to life. For now this is the world tour, and a look at what we’re looking forward to being able to do on stage when we are back up and rolling! Thank you to Jonas Wilson of Mr. Pink records who asked me originally to film this in the beautiful city of Bastrop." 

The performance film premieres Saturday, March 27 at 7PM CST and features selects from Luca, along with three new tracks from his songbook, seen here for the first time, and performed with some of the collaborators he created the album with: Bryan Richie, Jake Garcia, Rob Kidd. These songs have been crafted over a decade in quiet moments between tours and albums with The Black Angels, are finally being released in the live setting on Levitation Sessions. Today you can catch a sneak peek of the session and one of the new songs -- “Too Much Hate”.

Alex on “Too Much Hate”: "I tried to touch on a few things on this song that would attempt to identify things that make the world more beautiful. I’ve been trying to give solutions and not just speak about the cancer that is eating our culture. Some problems of society are rooted in how we raise our children, how we treat each other and quick uninformed decisions when people shoot from the hip as opposed to sitting back and thinking rationally about how to act instead of reacting."

To purchase tickets to the full performance, visit Levitation.

Alex Maas x The City (Official Video)

"'The City' is a sort-of meditative and melancholic reflection of Americana.  The video was shot as the director independently travelled across the U.S.A.  The director tried to capture the mundanity and nostalgia of present day America on her 3000 mile journey." - Laura-Lynn Petrick (Video Director)
All the watchmen on the tower are sleeping
and the men have all gone home
now that's a city that's ripe for the taking
and behind the castle's walls the children playing
as the army plots their position
all the watchmen on the tower are sleeping
and the men have all gone home
now that's a city that's ripe for the taking
and someone took it for the love of taking
all the many broken bones the people dying
all the many burning homes the women cryin
now that's a city that's ripe for the taking
and someone took it, now it's yours for the taking
all the watchmen on the tower are sleeping
and the men have all gone home as the army starts advancing
now that's a city that's ripe for the taking
ya thats a city that's ripe for the taking
now that's ripe for the taking
now that's our city now that's our city
thats been taken - Alex Maas (Lyrics)
Alex Maas x The City

"Maas originally set out to create an acoustic record, then planned to mix the folk feel of Leonard Cohen with the textures of the Wu-Tang Clan; there are echoes of those previous directions in the samples, drones, stiff drums and occasional picked guitar, but the vibe is more Joe Meek producing The Madcap Laughs." - Uncut

"Having upheld the Texas tradition of the 13th Floor Elevators-style lysergic emanations with The Black Angels, Alex Maas has gone deep into himself for a beautiful solo debut..."[Luca] combines considered, personal songwriting with a late-'60s edge of hazy paranoia, most of it informed by the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood." - Mojo

"Throughout [Luca], ghosts of pre-rock crooners, dustbowl troubadours, torch singers and bobby-sox balladers converge in a backwoods cabin thick with the fug of good grass..." - Shindig

"Alex Maas possesses one of the most timeless voices in Austin music and now you can really hear it....his voice pierces vintage pop landscape."- Austin Chronicle

"Leaving behind the fuzzy guitars of his band Black Angels, Alex Maas picks up his acoustic for his first solo album, Luca...'The City' is especially intimate. "The enemy is always just outside the gates," says Alex of the track. 'Be ready for anything.'" - Brooklyn Vegan