Night Beats have premiered the cinematic video for new single ‘No Cops’. Director Riley Blakeway elaborates on the inspiration behind the video, “When I first heard the track my initial intention was to create something violent but as the process continued I became really attracted to the idea of making something more bizarre and performative. We didn’t want to just have some cop driving around beating people senseless. We both wanted to create a real character with real insecurities. And most importantly, really incredible dance moves.” Frontman Danny Lee agrees, saying “I felt the best representation was to portray a Police figure that was truly tortured. People with power usually corrupt it and turn it into a sick fantasy. Riley perfectly portrayed that and with his crew we attained the perfect representation of those (all too many) corrupt, power hungry and trigger happy cops.”
Who Sold My Generation, out January 29th on Heavenly Recordings was recorded on old two-inch tape in Echo Park, Los Angeles at the home of producer Nic Jodoin and featuring co-production and guess bass playing from Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, new album Who Sold My Generation goes beyond merely being a retreading of well-worn garage / R&B path. Instead it offers a contemporary take on the psychedelic experience, a heady set of hoodoo voodoo songs.
Who Sold My Generation tracklisting
1. Celebration #1
2. Power Child
3. Right / Wrong
4. No Cops
5. Porque Manana
6. Sunday Mourning
7. Shangri Lah
8. Burn To Breathe
9. Bad Love
10. Last Train To Jordan
11. Turn The Lights
12. Egypt Berry
Very much a record in the great Texan musical tradition of acid-drenched outlaw music, Who Sold My Generation picks up where the likes of The Elevators, The Red Krayola, pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks, The Butthole Surfers and The Black Angels – whose record label Reverb Appreciation Society released the band’s second album, left off.
“The Elevators were one of the reasons I decided to become a singer and form the group,” says Blackwell. “I loved their attempt to play R’n’B music, but from a distinctly Texan approach. I’d say they have profoundly influenced the group, but it’s now our job to take it to another level in a new age.”
Finally, having toured extensively with Roky Erickson, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips, The Growlers and The Black Angels, Night Beats have announced a run of shows in Europe in the New Year.
Named in homage to Sam Cooke’s classic album, Night Beats began as a two-piece in 2009 after both Danny Lee Blackwell and James Traeger moved from Texas to Seattle, Washington and were soon picked up by Chicago’s Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Onlys, Hex Dispensers, etc.) who released their debut album. Cult US West Coast label Burger Records were also on hand, releasing Night Beats first two albums via cassette. Having been fans of both records, and having caught their astonishing set at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool last year, Heavenly Recordings eventually signed the band in the summer of 2015.
Night Beats are: Danny Lee Blackwell (guitar / vocals), Jakob Bowden (bass) & James Traeger (drums).
Jan 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Mar 10 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
Mar 11- St. Louis, MO – Off-Broadway
Mar 12 – Chicago, IL – Levitation Chicago @ Thalia Hall
Mar 14/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Mar 29 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Mar 30 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Apr 2 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Apr 9 – Seattle, WA – Neuvos