Photos by Tess Parks
It’s been a while since we heard something new from one of today’s best psych bands, the Night Beats, who’s members we last saw dressed in sloppy drag roving around the fields of Austin Psych Fest. Several months before that, they were pooling sweat and handing out mushrooms from the stage at the Knit. Well, these Austin-based lads that tap into that city’s psychedelic past better than perhaps any other, are back with a new record entitled Sonic Bloom. Recorded in a Tacoma, WA warehouse, the album, which perfectly captures the Beats at their drugged-fueled, raved-up best, is set for release on September 24 via the Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The first track, “Outta Mind,” is now streaming below. You can, listen below.
Before heading off to Europe on their fall tour, Austin’s Pure X released a new video for “Surface”—one of the highlights off this year’s Pleasure LP. The hauntingly eerie video is directed by Malcolm Elijah, who also plays in Silent Diane.
Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) is a lo-fi psych-rock outfit hailing from Austin, TX. Led by singer/guitarist Nate Grace, the band dishes out mellow, reverb-drenched psychedelia that recalls New Jersey’s Real Estate at times. Over the last two years, they have put out a score of EPs, cassettes and 7″s but have now announced the release of a full record. Below, you can hear a new song off the group’s debut LP Pleasure to be released via Acephale next month. Also, check out the previously released track “Twisted Mirror.”