Black Birds of Paradise
BBOP live 2016.
Background information
Also known as BBOP, Bleak Birds of Hell
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Genres Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Lounge, Pop
Years active 2012 - Present
Labels Gubbey Records, Louisville Is For Lovers
Associated acts The Cut Family Foundation
Website Facebook

Black Birds of Paradise are a psychedelic rock band out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their sound incorporates elements of psychedelic, stoner rock, lounge and even dream pop. The band and Gubbey Records' website refers to them as "Psychedelic Lounge Metal".


Black Birds of Paradise began in 2012 with members of the Louisville music scene, composing poppy psychedelic music as a three-piece but quickly expanding to a quartet. Eventually at some point in 2013 they would release songs on compilations for Gubbey Records and Louisville Is For Lovers before eventually releasing BBOP in 2014. The band would play sporadic shows around the Kentucky area in the meantime.

Eventually the band would expand further as a quintet. Eventually they would sign to Louisville label Gubbey Records two years later for their sophomore album Terror Bird. Terror Bird was released on May 14, 2016 with a release party at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar with supporting acts Insect Policy and BRENDA and a visual display by Spettra.

The band has since performed a host of local shows with a third studio album in the works. On 1 April 2018 the band announced a live performance as Bleak Birds of Hell at Poorcastle in Louisville, Kentucky circa July.

Terror Bird-0

Terror Bird-0

Beyond the Closet Door

Beyond the Closet Door


Studio AlbumsEdit

  • BBOP (2014, Self-Released)
  • Terror Bird (2016, Gubbey Records)

Compilation AppearancesEdit

  • I Love You (But I Don't Know Why) on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 1 & 2 (2013, Gubbey Records)
  • I Had A Good Mother And Father on There Is No One: Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute To The Palace Brothers (2013, Louisville Is For Lovers)
  • Terror Bird on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 3, 4, 5 & 6 (2014, Gubbey Records)
  • The Fuck You Say on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11 (2015, Gubbey Records)


  • John Lewis - Guitar, Vocals
  • Regan Layman - Vibraphone, Percussion, Vocals
  • Dashiell Moss - Bass, Vocals
  • Nick Layman - Drums, Engineering
  • Katy Hartman - Guitar, Organn, Vocals


External LinksEdit


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