The Blue Angel Lounge

The Blue Angel Lounge


Blue Angel Lounge are from Hagen, Germany and have released two albums. They recently completed their first US tour including an outstanding performance at the Austin Psych Festival. In the past they have supported The Crystal Stilts, Interpol, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Asteroid #4.


The Blue Angel Lounge (Hagen, Germany) released their second studio album, 'Narcotica', on November 16th, 2011. The band and their previous self-titled debut has been something of a blogger's secret tip, but this may not be the case this time around, as they have taken a tremendous stride forward since their 2008 self-titled debut. The result being a more dynamic and atmospheric recording -- while staying true to their Velvet Underground inspired colors, the broader, timeless influences of New Wave, Post Punk and Shoegaze are accented throughout . There is a darker psychedelic vein as well as more uptempo tracks to keep a dynamic balance and one which embraces a variety of listeners.

The album was self-produced, with the assistance of Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Studio East in the former Communist East German 'Funkhaus' sound complex in Berlin (which served as a Communist radio station prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall).

Mr. Newcombe can also be heard on backing vocals on the first single, 'Delete My Ideals' and joined the band onstage at their show in Munich last week to perform the song. The band have also just been confirmed to open for Interpol on November 22nd in Dortmund and A Place To Bury Strangers on November 29th in Berlin.

A Brief History:

Founded in 2006 by Nils Ottensmeyer and Dennis 'Mel' Melster, the band completed their self-titled debut in 2008, of which 500 vinyl copies were self-released. One of the copies made it into the hands of Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, who subsequently passed it on to a friend at 8MM Musik. The band were signed shortly after.

An appearance at the UK's Dream Machine Festival in 2008 led to the track 'A God', from their debut, being included on the UK neo-psych compilation 'Open Your Mind', later pronounced DIY Compilation Of The Week by the BBC in 2009

Following their first ever show in Berlin in 2009, Anton Newcombe was so impressed, he offered to help with production, and, with his studio wizardry and the band's already stellar songwriting and musical talent, 'Narcotica' was recorded in under two weeks.

Blue Angel Lounge recently completed a 9 show tour of the US, featuring a standout performance at the Austin Psych Fest (see review). Currently in the studio working on new material, the Blue Angel Lounge hit the road again in September with an appearance at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, followed by a German and Austrian tour.


For press inquiries, please contact or 917 463 3530 (USA), (Germany/Austria/Switzerland), or Cargo (UK)


Album self-titled, January 2010 8MM Musik/Cargo

Single "Caught Crow", release date Oct. 1, 2010

Album "Narcotica", release date USA Nov. 16th, 2010 via Red Eye, Europe October 26th, 2010 via Cargo Records