Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation

Seattle’s Night Beats have made a break from the garage psyche pack early in 2016 with ‘Who Sold My Generation’, here’s why.

The garage-psyche scene in recent years has produced some great stuff but often its formulaic which, is probably the biggest reason we don’t hear enough of it. Night Beats have set themselves apart by edging towards sound that is broader rather than mainstream but, one which could reel in more casual guitar music fans. This is a bold move in an era when Ty Segall is an underground God.

Night Beats’ more refined sound within the noise and confusion of garage-psyche emanates from ‘Power Child’ and current single ‘No Cops’. Importantly, they both offer crisp vocals for fans to unite behind at live shows.

What Blackwell does well on ‘Who Sold My Generation’ is allow everything time to develop. This will hopefully begin to pull in the more casual fan and subsequently suck them in to the freaky world of garage-psyche.

‘Sunday Mourning’ is a fine example of this bcause of its slow build to a distinct escapist ending. The build-up is akin to the work of The Bee’s on ‘Octopus’ which sets a foundation for Blackwell to shred like Steve Craddock. Furthermore, there is an entrancing bassline which brings Oasis’ ‘Fuckin In the Bushes’ to mind.

Any fans of Miles Kane’s debut album will love ‘Power Child’. The mod hook is so catchy you’ll be desperate to get this on at house party’s to impersonate Jimmy from Quadrophenia. The Dan Auberch vocals complement the epic Segall via Peter green solo.

Many genre obsessives will be comparing various tracks to The Seeds, The Electric Prunes and The Creation on this album from a negative standpoint. Sadly its what happens with this kind of music. Our response to their negativity is so what? There is more than enough originality here to see Night Beats reap the rewards that 2016 has to offer them.