Stephanie Bailey is an original member and the drummer for the Texas-based psych-rock band, The Black Angels. Bailey first met The Black Angels’ lead guitarist Christian Bland at a South by Southwest Festival, and after she heard his band’s demo recordings the two formed The Black Angels together which led to their self-titled debut album in 2004.
Stephanie Bailey with The Black Angels
The Black Angels are an American psych-rock band from Austin, Texas. The group was formed in 2004 by Christian Bland (lead guitar) and Stephanie Bailey (drums). The band has released four studio albums: “The Black Angels” (2005), “Passover” (2006), “Phosphene Dream” (2009), and “Death Song” (2017). The band has also released two EPs: “Another Nice Pair” (2008) and “Doves” (2014).
The band’s music has been featured in the television series “Breaking Bad”, “The leftovers”, “Preacher”, and “Better Call Saul”. The Black Angels have toured extensively both in the United States and internationally. Bailey has been with The Black Angels since its start and continues to tour America and Europe with the band. She also plays drums for Spindrift, The Jim Jones Revue, and her self-titled solo project.
Their third album, “Phosphene Dream”, was released in 2009 and peaked at #180 on the Billboard 200 chart. Their fourth studio album, titled ‘Indigo Meadow’, was released in 2013. “See The Light,” the lead-off single from “Indigo Meadow,” has been used on FX’s drama Sons of Anarchy, and has appeared on such television programs as AMC’s Hell On Wheels.
Tour and Performance
The Black Angels have toured extensively through Europe and America with bands including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, The Warlocks, A Place to Bury Strangers, and The Horrors. Bailey won “Best New Drummer” in the Austin Chronicle’s 2006 Music Awards. Their song “Young Men Dead” was featured in the 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey.
The band has toured with The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raveonettes, and Wolfmother. Their last album “Indigo Meadow” has been released on Blue Horizon Records in 2013, followed by their latest EP “Clear Lake Forest” in 2014.
Stephanie Bailey Loves Vintage Drums and Percussion
Bailey has expressed her love for vintage drums and percussion, stating “I like the sound of older drums. They have a warmer sound than new drums.” Her setup includes a 60s Rogers Dynasonic snare, a 70s Ludwig Supraphonic 400 bass drum, and a host of 60s-70s Zildjian cymbals. She has mentioned that she was influenced by such artists as Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, and Tim Alexander.
Bailey’s Solo Project
In addition to her work with The Black Angels, Bailey is a member of the psychedelic rock band Spindrift and the rhythm & blues band The Jim Jones Revue. She also has a self-titled solo project. In an interview with Modern Drummer, Bailey stated “I love being able to switch it up and play different styles, but there is something about just beating on drums that really speaks to me.”