Release Date: Sep 30, 2013
Record label: Reverberation Appreciation Society
The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2013 played host to an incredible amount of promising (or already delivering) modern psychedelia bands. Amongst them were Seattle heavy-lidded trio Night Beats. Their new album Sonic Bloom follows their debut self-titled record, which was released in 2011. By following the path of least resistance through the narcotic sounds of previous generations of space cadets, Night Beats make a striking, garage-influenced ruckus that carries well from the stage to headphones.
The grimy, distortion-drenched guitars didn’t stop rumbling out of Seattle in the mid-’90s when the grunge hype died down. The untamed musical torch was carried on by a fitful new generation, and the next in that raucous line of boisterous groups now rattling the windows and walls of the Pacific Northwest is Night Beats. The soulful psych-garage trio seem poised to win over a worldwide fan base on Sonic Bloom, their inspired, insanely catchy second record that builds on the swelling buzz that they have been cultivating over the past couple of years through their scorching live shows and plenty of hazy, reverb-fueled songs to match.
The blessed soils of Seattle are vibrating with filthy fuzz and good psych love, my friends. Raising zombie flower children from pushing up mushrooms in shallow graves, Night Beats return with their second LP Sonic Bloom, unshackled on Austin Psych Fest's Reverberation Appreciation Society. Still looking and sounding like the bastard sons of a maniac cowboy and native American princess conceived on moonshine and peyote, they epitomise the seedier, more demonic side of psychedelia, often creeping hollow-eyed in to the shadowy cobwebbed crevices of garage.