Any number of bands cites ‘60s Texas psych as an influence, but rarely does a group actually capture what made those bands special. The Night Beats perfectly capture and modernize 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 which you can listen to on their second LP which was released end of last year.
Ahead of their gig for Reich & Föhn (https://www.facebook.com/reich.und.foehn) in Vienna this June we asked them a couple of questions:
You’ve been to Vienna before – do you have any special memories or things you associate with the city?
We haven’t been back in over a year, but the show was rad and it left us with a good impression.
A lot of people talk about your music crossing different genre-tags, it’s not just psychedelic or garage-rock. How would you briefly describe it?
The music and our live shows speak for themselves. Genre dropping isn’t productive or fun really, those things come and go. Rock and roll. Soul, RnB, haunted beat, whatever!
What sort of venues do you prefer or think work best transcribing the live experience of your band?
We can do both, the festival setting is great if there’s still that connection with the audience. We don’t like barriers. London has been real good. South Africa as well was great.
What’s the worst touring experience you guys had to encounter so far?
Our friend Al ripped ass in the van this morning so that sucked.
Any memorable tour stories to share?
A few years ago in Yreka, California, we played this show to like 4 people. One of which was a drunk native American dude who sat on the front of the stage while we played and pissed himself then the bartender chased him out with an aluminum bat, the opening band was one guy with an executioners hood on who played Green Day covers on a 5 string bass. Then this 52 year old lady was hitting on Tarek so he tried to get her to let all of the Cosmonauts (https://www.facebook.com/cosmonautstheband) and us stay at her place but her boyfriend came and got her. So we found some lady that had weed and told her our friend’s elbow was hurt so she gave us some. Then the Cosmonauts and us slept in one bed together in a Motel 6 and watched C.O.P.S. until the sun came up. The end.
Apart from Trouble In Mind you are also signed with Burger Records – what’s your ideal Burger?
Translucent, invisible and odorless.
Listen to ‘Sonic Bloom’ on Spotify below:
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