Posted on February 05 2021
'New Day', out now, is the first single to be lifted from the Texas-born band's incoming fifth album 'Outlaw R&B'
Night Beats, the Texas-born brainchild of Danny Lee Blackwell, are today announcing their fifth full-length ‘Outlaw R&B’ and sharing the first single, ‘New Day’. Arriving following the Dan Auerbach-produced ‘Myth of a Man’ LP and the recent ‘That’s All You Got’ 7”, Night Beats’ latest long-player lands May 7th. You can pre-order the album on vinyl here and stream the video for ‘New Day’ below.
Made during the height of the California wildfires (where Danny now resides), rioting in the streets and a nation in lockdown, ‘Outlaw R&B’ deals in a psychedelic and R&B-infused garage-rock sound that’s “bathed in post-apocalyptic bliss”. On the first single, Blackwell reflects: “‘New Day’ is my postcard from purgatory. Upon going into lockdown I holed myself up with Akira Kurosawa movies and canned goods. This is the result of sleepless nights while hearing the world crumble outside my window. I sing of desperation and loss, while grinning in the face of an uncertain future.”
“Outlaw R&B is music for the borderless, the free, the outcasts and the forgotten”, Danny continues, outlining the incoming album’s mission statement: “Through this medium you escape the confines of mental feudalism and bask in the euphoric glow of psychedelic R&B. The outlaw is the runner. Those whose minds aren't sold by perfect pitch and clean fingernails. Take heed as each color coordinated minute of this record will induce temporary insanity. However, do enjoy the trip - just leave your coat and jacket at the door with Willie [Nelson] and position yourself near the bar, where [Isaac] Hayes runs the show.”