Saturday, 5 December 2015

Night Beats - Sunday Mourning

Article by KevW

Seattle's Night Beats first came to our attention when they released their second album 'Sonic Bloom' at the start of last year (or in 2013 in the US). It was a diverse and classy psychedelic trip that took in a variety of styles along the way, something which can be missing from the arsenal of many psych-rock bands. With this kind of music back in the spotlight, that record really deserved more coverage than it got, so it's great news that the Seattle trio have been picked up by the ever-reliable Heavenly Recordings who will release their third LP, 'Who Sold My Generation', at the end of January, and that this will be accompanied by a string of British and European dates.

The southern-fried bluesy psych of first single 'Sunday Mourning' is not unlike certain Black Rebel Motorcycle Club tracks, something which was noticed before reading the press release that notes BRMC's Robert Levon Been co-produces and plays bass on the album. The rattlesnake percussion and scorching guitar add both an electrifying buzz and an addictive, loose-limbed groove. This is a track that's not quite in step with the sunkissed vibes or deep fug of many modern psychedelic groups, and that can only be a good thing so long as the standard remains as high as it is here. 'Sonic Bloom' suggested that Night Beats deserved wider recognition (not that they don't have a large following already), and with the approach they have, you wouldn't bet against it.

Night Beats' website

Pre-order the album

Catch them live:

21st                                    Dublin                        The Grand Social
22nd                                   Leeds                          Headrow House
23rd                                    Glasgow                     ABC
24th                                    Manchester                Soup Kitchen
25th                                    Nottingham                The Lofthouse
26th                                    Brighton                    The Hope & Ruin
27th                                    London                      Oslo
28th                                    Lille                             L’Aeronef
29th                                    Paris                            La Maroquinerie

1st                                    Bordeaux                        Le Bootleg
2nd                                   Lyon                               Le Marche Gare
3rd                                    Bologna                          Freakout Club
4th                                    Brescia                           Latteria Molloy
5th                                    Zagreb                            Tvornica
6th                                    Belgrade                         KC Grad
8th                                    Vienna                            Arena
9th                                    Munich                           Backstage Club
11th                                  Vevey                             Rocking Chair
12th                                  Zurich                             Zukunft
13th                                  Geneva                           L’Ecurie
15th                                  Stuttgart                          Keller Club
16th                                             Hamburg                                  Hafenklang
17th                                  Berlin                              Badehaus Szimpla
18th                                  Dresden                          Groovestation
19th                                  Cologne                          Tsunami Club
20th                                  Brussels                          Magasin 4
21st                                              Utrecht                                      Ekko

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