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IN CONVERSATION – Night Beats

One of the strongest albums of 2016 thus far has got to be the latest release by Night Beats; it’s like a modern day Nuggets but full of fresh ideas, astute thoughtful lyrics, and tunes that could out-swagger The Fonz.  The band took some time out of their busy schedule to give some short but very concise answers to God Is In The TV’s questions.

 

I love the clever wordplay of the new album’s title, and the sleeve layout as though it is a classic old sixties vinyl record.  What is it about that period of musical history that appeals to you so much?

We don’t try and sound like any specific period of music, however, that time you are referring to was an era of raw minimalistic soul.  There was some amazing creativity with less to work with so that’s that.  We listen to all sorts of shit, though

But there is clearly a sixties influence, although you still manage to sound fresh and current, rather than retro.  How do you achieve that?

By being honest.

In certain places, it’s one of the most politically charged albums I’ve heard in a while.  What are the issues closest to your heart?  What do you make of the terrifying prospect of Trump as president?

The issue of police states is the most troubling.  The idea that the one hired to protect you can pervert that trust is unsettling.  Trump is a joke and America is just waiting for the punchline.

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers, hailing from Alabama, have spent an awfully long time during their career trying to change people’s perceptions of the state they call home while acknowledging/renouncing the crimes of their forefathers.  Growing up in Texas – a fiercely Republican area – do you feel any kind of kinship with this ideal?  How difficult was it to live in a place so firmly to the right of the political spectrum?

Being surrounded by people who believe certain things can definitely have an effect, but the beautiful thing about music is that your mindset can be broadened by it.

You had Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been as guest bassist and co-producer on the new album. How did that happen and to what extent did he shape the end result? What difference did he make?

We became friends and when we were in LA he offered his services.  Being not only a fan but a friend it was an obvious absolutely.  Collaboration is cool but bringing people for your own album has got to be special.

What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Playing guitar for Ronnie Spector.  Also opening for The Jesus And Mary Chain.

Who Sold My Generation‘ is a terrific album. How do you follow that?

Watch.

‘Who Sold My Generation’ is out now on Heavenly.

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.