Boomkat Product Review:
The Alan Vega material just keeps coming. "Alan Vega After Dark" is a pitch black set of Lynchian blues rawk that spotlights yet another side to the versatile legend's diverse spectrum of sound.
The album was recorded with garage rockers Pink Slip Daddy's Ben Vaughn, Barb Dwyer and Palmyra Delran and pitches Vega as the rockabilly vocalist we always suspected he could be. He recorded the album in 2015, desperate "to feel connected" with musicians after spending a few years after a stroke making music of pre-made electronic tracks. Vega had worked with Vaughn before on 1996's "Cubist Blues", and while that album had taken two nights, "Alan Vega After Dark" took only one.
As the band improvises motorik rhythms and tangled licks, Vega occasionally interrupts with witty lyrics, screams or hooks, using a tape echo to mangle his voice into a vortex of warbling doom. It's an album that captures New York at night, and shows Vega's talent, unpredictability and bizarre brilliance in high resolution. Best served with bourbon.