Austin music veterans Night Beats, and dynamic new comers The UFO Club released a 10â€³ split on The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. For those of you unfamiliar with a “split” record it simply means one side of the record represents each band.
“Made up of Lee Blackwell of Night Beats and the Black Angelsâ€™ guitarist Christian Bland, the UFO Club side delivers four tracks of great psychedelic rock and roll inspired by greats like the 13th Floor Elevators and the Velvet Underground. â€œWolfmanâ€ is down â€˜nâ€™ dirty fun, and you even get a sweet cover of the Ronettesâ€™ â€œBe My Baby.â€ Carrying on the same set of psychedelic influences, â€œHexâ€ starts off the Night Beats side, immediately grabbing your attention with Blackwellâ€™s soulful vocals and ripping guitar riffs. Basically, if you play anything from this band loud enough, youâ€™d better plan on redecorating because the guitar sounds will peel the paint right off your wall. â€œA Night With Nefertitiâ€ cools it down before launching into the head-bobbing â€œDrowning in the Nile,â€ which sounds especially great thanks to the blistering harmonica parts.”
“The opener, My Love is Waiting, hops along with 12-string leads and Blackwellâ€™s raspy voice urging us along before weâ€™re taken to another planet by a tremoloâ€™d aural assault of guitars. Wanna hear something rad as hell? They cover the Ronettes classic, Be My Baby. Yea. Totally into these tracks theyâ€™ve dished out for us. Next, Night Beats come on with their groovy, sloppy, psychedelia. Night Beats killed it with their H-Bomb EP last year, and Iâ€™ve eagerly been awaiting another release from them. Things start off a little slow with the quick, dragging hit, A Night With Nefertiti, but they pick it right up with their next track, Hex. Rolling Stones-esque killer guitar licks, vicious guitar solos, and the ever intriguing vocal melodies of Lee Blackwell. Everything I love about Night Beats. He very well may have one of the coolest voices in the scene right now, and tracks like this one highlight his talent.”