The Night Beats debut mind-blowing sonic sprawl track

By on April 25, 2011
Creating mind-blowing sonic sprawl in perfect, 3 minute pop songs,
 Seattle’s The Night Beats release their debut, self-titled LP on June 28, 2011 via Chicago’s Trouble In Mind.
Today they premiere album track “Ain’t Dumbo” on Sound on the Sound.
 We live in restive times and if ever there was a soundtrack for rebellion, the Seattle’s Night Beats latest psych single “Ain’t Dumbo” is it.  Every instrument and voice has a distortion effect applied and the galloping drum plays an upbeat counterpoint to guitarist Lee Blackwell’s frenzied lead. The resulting tonal warp and 14th-fret freak-outs about match the roadrunner-paced dystopian present of those who can stand to pay attention these days, the news an endless parade and undifferentiated mixture of blood, entertainment, and political theater.
Grab the “Ain’t Dumbo” MP3 and prepare for the freak-out.
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.
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The Night Beats Live
Apr 29 – Austin Psych Fest 4 @ Seaholm Power Plant – Austin, TX  
Apr 30 – Do512 Lounge Session – Austin, TX  
May 18 – Dante’s – Portland, OR  
w/ Greenhornes
June 14 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR  
 w/ Black Lips
June 24 – HM157 – LA, CA  
June 28 – Slabtown – Portland, OR  
June 29 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA    
w/ Bare Wire
Aug 7 – Comet Day Show – Seattle, WA    

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’ 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

Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7″s with perfect pop songs,
Trouble In Mind have releases in excellent record stores near you from
Trouble in Mind continues to deliver on their mission to put “the emphasis back on the music and prove that the 2 1/2 minute pop song is alive and well.”
Trouble In Mind interviews with The Onion A.V. Club and Neu Magazine.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.