Night Beats’ Sonic Surge Hypnotized Lustre Pearl At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Night Beats @ Lustre Pearl | SXSW 3/17/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Night Beats: Night Beats hail form Seattle, Washington and are known for playing psyched out garage rock. Fronted by Danny Lee Blackwell (guitar and vocals), Night Beats haven’t released any new music (at least none that I could find) since their 2016 album “Who Sold My Generation”, so their SXSW schedule had me scratching my head a bit. I took a look at their touring schedule, and it looked Austin was just nice little pit stop for them to showcase their sounds for new ears. Since they were listed to play right before Albert Hammond Jr. (an act that I had already pencilled into my schedule), I decided to take a flier on these gents and get to the venue a little earlier to check them out for the first time.
What I Thought Of Night Beats’ Performance: For a band that plays loud, Nights Beats looked relatively chill on stage. It was a stage presence that actually really suited the psychedelic vibe that inherent in their music. As the excited stages lights swirled in a bright waves of purple, red and white, their music swirled with it. I was completely sober, but I swear that for a spell I felt like I was a little stoned.
The music was all new to me, but it was intriguing enough to get me listening earnestly in a sonic haze. Bodies were swaying and more than a handful of people in the crowd had their eyes closed just taking it all in. While there wasn’t much movement on stage, the stage lighting and sonic surge was enough to keep me engrossed throughout the performance.