Posted on March 12 2021
Ticket is the second single to be lifted from the incoming Outlaw R&B LP
Night Beats, the Texas-born brainchild of Danny Lee Blackwell, is today sharing ‘Ticket’ – the latest single to be lifted from the incoming ‘Outlaw R&B’ album due out May 7th. Following recent single ‘New Day’, ‘Ticket’ is a piece of thrashing, white-knuckle garage-psych and another insight into the raw, acid-fried sound that the band return to on ‘Outlaw R&B’, the fifth Night Beats album and the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Myth of a Man’ LP on Heavenly Recordings. You can stream the video for 'Ticket' below and pre-order 'Outlaw R&B' here.
New cut ‘Ticket’ is a fast-moving, no-holds-barred cut tackling police brutality and thinly-veiled corruption in the US. Blackwell says of the song: "Ticket was recorded in Los Angeles at the height of the riots and chaos in 2020. Police sirens, fireworks and gunshots became the soundtrack to everyday life in Hollywood. The main character of Ticket is another victim of a twisted f*ck with a badge. The first half of the song is from the perspective of the cops but then the lens shifts and eventually the predator becomes the prey.”
On the video, directed by Cameron Holland, Blackwell says: ”I wanted to capture the essence of Ticket in a way that explored the dystopian nature of Los Angeles in 2020. I love ‘film noir’ from the 50s and grew up on skate videos of the late 90s/early 2000s . I wanted to try and combine those two moulds in a ‘Skate Film Noir’ where our character is being chased by an implied danger. Dayana [Young] travels through the city of LA on her skateboard almost with childlike wonderment – to the backdrop of empty foggy streets, decaying urban life, police sirens and helicopters flying by. In the end all we can do is keep going, and be as introspective as one can be in a burning house.”
Made during the height of the California wildfires, rioting in the streets and a nation in lockdown, Night Beats’ fifth album ‘Outlaw R&B’ deals in a psychedelic and R&B-infused garage-rock sound that’s “bathed in post-apocalyptic bliss”. “Outlaw R&B is music for the borderless, the free, the outcasts and the forgotten”, Blackwell says, 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.”