Posted on May 19 2021
The track is the fourth and final taste of the incoming 'Outlaw R&B' LP, due out June 4th on Fuzz Club
With the arrival of the ‘Outlaw R&B’ LP just around the corner, Night Beats is today sharing the new single ‘Hell In Texas’ – the latest to be lifted from the forthcoming album due out June 4th via Fuzz Club. Night Beats’ inbound LP is their fifth to date and sees Danny Lee Blackwell steer the band back to its raw, acid-fried roots in a blaze of technicolour glory. It follows 2019’s ‘Myth Of A Man’ LP (Heavenly Recordings) and last year’s ‘That’s All You Got’ 7” featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been. A haunting country ballad to add to the already expansive range found within ‘Outlaw R&B’, you can stream ‘Hell In Texas’ below and pre-order the album on vinyl and CD here.
Delivered through Night Beats’ finely-tuned medium of psychedelic R&B, ‘Hell In Texas’ recants Abrahamic gospel country by way of Marty Robbins, Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. Coupled with a steady outlaw country backing band of his own creation, Blackwell's haunting voice lingers with Wanda Jackson-like allure. He says of the song: "Inspired by a mysterious postcard found in a curiosity shop in Texas, I built the story of a jealous Satan making a deal with God over land in Texas.” Raised by Hindu and Catholic parents, Blackwell’s religious upbringing is something that constantly appears throughout his work: “I’d usually skip ahead in Bible study as a kid, straight to the most psychedelic verses in Revelation or Leviticus."
Made during the height of the California wildfires (where Blackwell now resides), rioting in the streets and a nation in lockdown, Blackwell describes ‘Outlaw R&B’ as a record “bathed in post-apocalyptic bliss”. Outlining the album’s mission statement, he continues: “Outlaw R&B is music for the borderless, the free, the outcasts and the forgotten. 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.” 'Hell In Texas' arrives off the back of three earlier insights into the world of 'Outlaw R&B': 'Revolution', 'Ticket' and 'New Day', all of which are available to stream below.