June 23rd, 2010
Here’re some crappy phone pics I took of local band Night Beats last Friday night at the Comet. You know what wasn’t crappy? The wry, wailing, classic surf-metal riffage emanating from the titillating triumvirate that night. I’d been wanting to check these guys out for awhile (most recently after a hot, desert-scorched video came out), so I’m glad I was down on Pike St. ready to party right about the time the Tavern started cookin’. As I’ve said before, the band is adept at eliminating any pastiche from their slow-burning 60s psych rock, making the familiar sound entirely original. I’m pretty taken with founder Danny Rajan’s upper register howlin’ and dirty-slick guitar licks.
So, if you see them on a show bill, be stoked, cuz you will get stoked by their tunes. In fact, you can be stoked that the band has a few shows coming up with K Records’ anti-politicized post-funkers Chain & the Gang, as well as the Capitol Hill Block Party. Stoked!
July 3rd – New Frontier (Tacoma) w/ Chain & the Gang and Basemint
July 5th – Black Lodge w/ Chain & the Gang and Basemint
July 23rd – Capitol Hill Block Party