Good Trip, Bad Trip: The Black Angels

Don't rub mint in your face...
The Black Angels

To fans, life on the road is a hopelessly romantic experience.

To bands, though, it's often a chore. The touring circuit can offer up all kinds of pleasures, but it can also push musicians to the brink.

Good Trip, Bad Trip sets the wheat from the chaff, probing bands on their very best - and worst - memories of life on the road.

Texas psych-rock outlaws The Black Angels know a thing or two about this. Based in the Lone Star State, even domestic tours across the United States involve long, arduous journeys.

Now gaining an international profile, the group's music has taken them across the globe. With new album 'Clear Lake Horizon' lingering on shelves across the land, Clash decided that the time was right to probe the band on their touring experiences.

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Best Trip...
Costa Rica, 1996.

Worst Trip...
Food poisoning sickness on flight from New Zealand to Turkey. I was in bathroom during takeoff.

Our favourite foreign venue...
La Cigale, France.

We’re surprisingly popular in...
Seabrook, Texas.

Best or worst exotic foodstuff...
Worst thing ever was the dog penis but we were too polite to say no.

Most interesting individual you've met on the road...
Bodini.

Worst on-tour injury, or accident...
I rubbed mountain mint on my face because I hadn't showered in a few days and had a horrible reaction. I found some near our campsite and woke up the next day with a very swollen face and this stuff oozing out me. I had to finish the tour looking like that.

My essential travel item...
Eagle creek compression bags for separating clean clothes from dirty. Thanks Ian, our tour manager.

My essential travel tip...
Never lose your passport.

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'Clear Lake Horizon' is out now.

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