Night Beats are a trio who have apparently been hibernating in some kind of hemp cupboard since 1969, which is to say that they sound precisely like the psychedelic rock overlords of that era. Nothing wrong with that of course, especially when the music is dispatched with such verve. Third album Who Sold My Generation is out on Heavenly Recordings
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Like the Fat White Family, Night Beats play grim psych in a manner which you could describe as either laissez-faire of lazy depending on your viewpoint.
Nightbeats are more pulsating and don’t go door to door trying to shock but they have the same sense of subterranean sleaze. The second track here is called ‘Power Child’ and moves along on a series of ill fitting Stooges riffs whilst druggy vocals are added atop. It seems they have absolutely no interest in melody until they burst into ‘Right/Wrong’ which sounds like a tuneful '60's garage/beat combo and this is the first moment I can actually say hand on heart that I’ve liked something on this record, particularly when they follow it with the ’70’s glam pop of ‘No Cops’ which kind of reminds me of Bruce Springsteen in bar band mode referencing ’Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
The pattern of the album is now set, they are making different shades of 60’s bluesy rock and 70’s glam pop...say... the Stones, Stooges, Cramps, Animals, early Love et al and making it sound like it was recorded in a church crypt. Certainly sounds like it would be a blast live. A bit too primitive for my delicate ears but should Ty Segall not release enough records for your taste you should think about slotting this into the gap.
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