Night Beats – “Sonic Bloom”


Tag: HeavyFresh Fruit

Release date: 24 September 2013

A shot of stoner rock comes straight from Seattle with Nights Beats‘ second album, Sonic Bloom. Sonic Bloom harkens back to the highly influential 1972 Nuggets compilation of garage/psychedelic bands, full of deafening loudness that works really well. There’s a drop-tuned, sludgy base that adds a hazey psychedelic flavor, and there is seriously so much reverb it’s like the walls are vibrating, man. Three or five chord riffs roll through each song, and they’re probably really fun to play on the guitar. The production is like a fuzzed-out, overcranked 1960s AM radio. Progressive tendencies occasionally pop up, like on the subdued “Catch a Ride to Sonic Bloom” and the saxophone/piano duo on “At the Gates.” Night Beats give a refreshing outlook on old tunes. There’s so much going on in every track, and it doesn’t feel excessive at all; in fact, it’s the right amount. I highly recommend it for a good time. (Ever seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Yeahhhhhhhh baby.)

Fan-fucking-tastic for morning shows.

Out on The Reverb Appreciation Society.  There couldn’t be a more fitting label.

Every track is great! Cuts are my favorites.

Love Ain’t Strange (Everything Else Is) – (3:25)
Sonic Bloom – (4:48)
Playing Dead – (4:11)
Outta Mind – (2:37)
Real Change – (4:40)
Satisfy Your Mind – (2:56)
Catch a Ride to Sonic Bloom – (5:01)
The Seven Poison Wonders – (5:01)
As You Want – (2:06)
The Hidden Circle – (3:30)
Rat King – (2:13)
At the Gates – (2:51)
The New World – (7:41)

RIYL: Ringo Deathstarr, The Zombies, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Clash, Ty Segall

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