Creating mind-blowing sonic sprawl in perfect, 3 minute pop songs, Seattle's The Night Beats premiere album track "Dial 666" on RCRD LBL
“Dial 666” by Night Beats could go on for another ten minutes as far as we’re concerned, but its less than two-minute running time makes it all the more appealing for playing hard to get. It’s kind of astonishing that the song is off of their forthcoming self-titled LP, out June 28 from Trouble In Mind, and not, you know, the summe r of 1967, with the kind of murky, overblown production so prevalent on the Nuggets boxset. That’s not to say the song is a genre experiment, or even a loving tribute to the golden age of AM radio, just further proof that sometimes all you need is three chords, guitar, bass, drums—and maybe an Ibanez Tubescreamer—to make a killer pop song.
Sound on the Sound previously debuted album track "Ain't Dumbo" praising its "tonal warp...if ever there was a soundtrack for rebellion, the Seattle’s Night Beats latest psych single 'Ain’t Dumbo' is it."
Tour dates and more below.
The Night Beats Live
May 21 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
June 14 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
w/ Black Lips
June 28 - Slabtown - Portland, OR
June 29 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
w/ Bare Wire
July 1 - New Frontier - Tacoma, WA
Aug 7 - Comet Day Show - Seattle, WA
Praise for The Night Beats
Saying that these creatures’ raw power is enticing is an understatement, it is vital thrill that could wake up the dead with its rolling waves of sharp fuzz guitars, hip shaking tribal beat and rhythmic pulse.
The Night Beats are a Seattle-based trio who play the devil's music. Specifically, psychedelic blues with a touch of R&B. If the Black Keys or White Stripes had grown up being huge fans of classic Texas psych like the 13th Floor Elevators, they probably would have sounded something like this.
The band has brought snarl, a nash of teeth and a whole history of Texas psych kicking through the mud with them on their self-titled debut.
Raven Sings the Blues
Seattlites The Night Beats worked some kind of voodoo magic over the crowd and turned the living room into a dance-a-thon. There's been a lot of buzz building around these psych garage-rockers, and their live show, equal parts straightforward rock n' roll and warbling experimentation.
The trio play psychedelic garage rock dredged in the urgency and fervor of great punk music. The manic drumming of James Traeger and the adept play of bassist Tarek Wegner make for a heavy foundation for lead guitarist and singer Lee Blackwell to basically go nuts over. When Blackwell's not wailing on his guitar ripping intricate blues riffs, he's howling away like some Marc Bolan meets Robert Plant hell demon.
“Ain’t Dumbo” is a reverb-damaged, fist-pumping example of studiously slovenly garage rock throwbackism, crispy with analog (or at least analog-sounding) paranoia and spiked with two unhinged guitar solos that sound as though they were recorded through a mic set up on the far end of a warehouse hallway.
Seattle based band The Night Beats mine as well change their address and move down to Austin, because their sound truly evokes images of some of our favorite psych rockers in town.
Austin Town Hall
Seattle psychedelic garage-soul-blues trio The Night Beats have a scorching rock 'n roll sound that is known to shake things loose.
More on The Night Beats
Any number of bands cite 60’s Texas psych as an influence, but rarely does a group actually capture what made those bands special. Following their debut EP also on Trouble In Mind, The Night Beats have expanded on the bedroom immediacy of their first recordings to create an LP that perfectly captures and modernizes the hallucinogenic and exhilaratingly demonic aura of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Golden Dawn. With blazing guitar work and a razor sharp rhythm section Danny Lee Blackwell and company mutate conventional chords & progressions into a mind-blowing sonic sprawl. The record reels you in with 2-3 minute pop songs like ‘Ain’t Dumbo’ and ‘Dial 666,’ forging a landscape that then throws you into a chaotic journey of jams a’la ‘Dewayne’s Drone’ and ‘Little War in the Midwest&rsquo ; that bend and meander but never overstay their welcome. Tune in, turn on, & drop that needle on this record!
RIYL: Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes