Wednesday, March 28, 2012
While we weren't able to fit anything about this Friday's Night Beats show at Brillobox into this week's paper, freelancer Ian Thomas walks us through the band's latest record here:
Adventurous listeners interested in exploring the surf/psychedelic revival that has been picking up steam recently, thanks to bands like The Black Lips and Thee Oh-Sees, would do well to give Seattle, Washington's Night Beats a try. Taking cues from psychedelic legends like The 13th Floor Elevators, Night Beats play straightforward guitar-plus-bass-plus drums rock 'n' roll, relying on raw emotion rather than production to shape their sound. On each of the album's twelve tracks, blues-laced guitar threatens constantly to ignite a fuzzed-out conflagration. The roadhouse riffing is only barely kept in check by the powerful backbeat and the fits and starts of vocalist Lee Blackwell's hellish howl. Though the band's full length debut isn't yet a year old, it sounds like it could have been released in the mid-sixties alongside the progenitors of the genre. Their approach is not one of retro artifice, though. Rather, it is a successful channeling of the same darkness and ecstasy that fueled the Psych movement the first time around. As long as there has been hardship, there have been angry young men to scream in sweaty desperation at it. Night Beats just happen to do their screaming in the vein of Roky Erickson. When Night Beats do their screaming, the result is Psychedelia that, in 2012, is as authentic as pulsing paisley.
Night Beats with The Van Allen Belt, Carousel. 9:30 p.m. Fri., March 30.Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.