Meet Night Beats. Their sound is blatantly influenced by Southern psych-rock godfathers The 13th Floor Elevators and The Animals, with notable similarities with The Warlocks and The Black Angels (both of which Night Beats have shared stages with). Their dirty garage-rock sounds dark and driving, with an unmistakable gritty and haunting paranoia that is characteristic of this niche genre. Night Beats adds just the perfect amount of southern rock, distortion, and badassness to their songs, as every track of theirs drips with it-feels-good-to-be-bad inclinations.
Not surpisingly, Night Beats was formed by natives of the Lone Star State; two of Night Beat’s members are originally from Texas. Friends and bandmates Lee Blackwell (Dallas) and James Traeger (Austin) moved to Seattle 2009, later adding drummer Tarek Wegner to their musical duo to form a complete band. Their first release was the “H-Bomb” 7″, which rose on the college radio charts upon its’ late summer release in 2010.
2011 has only brought better things for Night Beats. After being included on a RSD-released psych compilation and playing Austin Psych Fest (curated by The Black Angels themselves), Night Beats released their self-titled debut album on the Trouble In Mind label just over one month ago. Their full-length hasn’t garnered much attention from the bigger music websites, but has caught a steady stream of indie music bloggers’ whispering influence. Though the band has had a “soft introduction” thus far, make sure you keep an eye on them. If they continue writing their signature darkly-enticing psychedelia, their sophomore album will have many wondering how they slipped under the radar.
Do: listen to Night Beats’ record on a road trip across Texas.
Don’t: listen to Night Beats’ record while you sleep.
Night Beats is currently in the midst of their summer tour with The Black Lips and Wooden Shjips (separately). Though they have no scheduled club date in Dallas, Night Beats are playing an in-store at Good Records on Sunday, August 14, at 4pm. In the meantime, stream their split 10″ album with The UFO Club on Austin Psych Fest’s Facebook page, then pick up their LP at Trouble In Mind.