Sunday, January 31, 2016

Album Review :: Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation

Night Beats

Who Sold My Generation

January 29 2016 (Heavenly Recordings)


Words: Ellie Ward

Big wave Seattle-by-way-of-Texas garage-psych punchers Night Beats pull out all the stops on their third full-length, and the first for London label Heavenly Recordings.

Co-produced by Nic Jodoin and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been (who also guests on bass here) and recorded on old two-inch tape in Echo Park, Los Angeles at Jodoin's home, 'Who Sold My Generation' shovels enough retro jams and blues-funk riffs to more than adequately fill this follow-up to 2013's 'Sonic Bloom'.

From opening number, 'Celebration #1', a spoken-word sample which is followed by a driving beat and howling guitar drones, through to the rockabilly closer 'Egypt Berry', taking in the acidic 'No Cops' and the delicious melding of psych and brazen alt-rock of ‘Power Child’, to ‘Sunday Mourning's merging of scorching garage-psych with a rough-edged rock 'n' roll flavour of squally guitars and grainy soul-inflected vocals, the trio offer something alive and kicking, even if not exactly earth-shakingly different.

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