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Who Sold My Generation


Artist: Night Beats
Label: Heavenly Recordings
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 January 2016

Very much a record in the great Texan musical tradition of acid-drenched outlaw music, Who Sold My Generation picks up where the likes of The Elevators, The Red Krayola, and pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks left off. Danny Lee Blackwell (guitar / vocals), has been up front in the past about how much of an inspiration The Elevators were. He loved their attempt to play R'n'B music but with a Texan approach and was moved to do something in a similar vein...

Night Beats take what The Elevators were doing and runs with it, taking it to the next natural step, to reinvent their ethos for a new generation of fans.

Named in homage to Sam Cooke's classic album, Night Beats began as a two-piece in 2009 after both Danny Lee Blackwell and James Traeger (drums). The line up today also includes Jakob Bowden (bass).

Who Sold My Generation includes 12 songs (44 min, 22 sec) and for a US band I was surprised to hear that tracks like 'Right/Wrong' sees Blackwell adopting a Manchester twang, making it sound a little like a Last Shadow Puppets track.

For those that have been following the band for years, then this is a no brainer - you need to add this to your collection. For a new generation of fans, this punky, indie garage rock sound is just too hard to resist.


Nick Smithson

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