Night Beats, Taco Mouth, KinZie, Vinyl Orbit

Night Beats

Taco Mouth


Vinyl Orbit

Fri · May 3, 2019

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Nick is a Private Club - Membership Card ($5 Per Year) & Valid ID to Enter


Night Beats
Night Beats
American Psychedelic/Garage rock band from Seattle, WA

Night Beats - Myth Of A Man

Myth Of A Man is a reckoning, a shoot-out at dawn, the ear-splitting peel-out that leaves nothing but a cloud of red dust in its wake. It marks a new era for Night Beats and its frontman, Danny Lee Blackwell—an era marked by independence, expansion, and undiscovered facets of an undeniable talent.

The outlaw rumble and screeching guitar of “Eyes On Me” offer the familiar garage groove of the Night Beats sound, but the lyrics reveal a pivotal shift. “Will I rise or will I fall / Crash against the canyon wall / Give the people what they came to see / Everybody’s eyes / On me,” Blackwell sings. The song may have been inspired by a failed Evel Knievel jump, but it’s Blackwell himself that seems to be poised at the edge of Snake River Canyon, a lone figure against the dusty ridge and setting sun, staring down both doom and glory.

While Blackwell has always fed off the musical legacy of his Texas roots—Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Krayola, The Black Angels and more paving the way for the napalm-coated psych-rock headtrip of past albums—Myth Of A Man has him pulling from the surrogate wellspring of Nashville, Tennessee. It was there that he worked with the eminent Dan Auerbach, and a murderer’s row of battle-worn session musicians—the combined weight of experience that comes from working with every legend from Aretha Franklin to Elvis not lost on Blackwell. “I was just humbled by being accepted,” he explains, “Big hearts all around.”

With an arsenal of both Auerbach and the seasoned vets, Blackwell was eager to collaborate, their expertise and studied ears opening his songs up to new sonic directions. “There was definitely a conscious decision to expand and try things differently,” Blackwell explains, “I try to push against a brick wall all the time.” You can hear the sound of Nashville creeping into the chorus of “Stand With Me”, in the triumphant, Glen Campbell strut of “There She Goes,” or even in the wounded, battered, and bourbon-soaked spirit of “(Am I Just) Wasting My Time,” a wistful take on bad romance that Blackwell might as well be singing to us from the lonely stool at the dark end of the bar.

The result is an album that’s less of the bloodshot acid trip of Sonic Bloom (2013) and Who Sold My Generation (2016) and more of the hazy comedown. The moody organ comps and slow stroll of the 12-string on “Her Cold Cold Heart” evoke the noxious feeling and hypnotic state of toxic love, the spirit of Bill Withers is flowing through the acoustic guitar and sun-soaked shuffle of “I Wonder,” and string-trimmed ballads like “Footprints” and “Too Young To Pray” evoke the imaginative, cowboy psychedelia of fellow Texan, Lee Hazlewood. “Let Me Guess” with its searing riff and Elevators-esque organ assures us that the scuzzy sound we know and love is alive and well, while “One Thing,” a song about being used and abused—or as Blackwell sharply puts it, “being rolled up and smoked”—has plenty of fuzzed-out guitars to let us know he might just be happy about it.

Written during a particularly destructive period of the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, blood-sucking wanderers, and vindictive lovers—sketches of people the band has surely come across during their cosmic roving through the underground—but the character most present is Blackwell, himself. “Myth Of A Man can be summed up as a personal display of vulnerability and guilty conscience,” he explains, “Destroying the mythos of what it means to live and function in society.” With its bold steps forward, Myth Of A Man serves as both a takedown and reintroduction of the band as we know it—the strongest evidence that you’ll never be able to pin Night Beats down.

Prior to Night Beats, Billingsley was a member of White Light Fever who released one album.
Taco Mouth
Taco Mouth
Rock 'n' Roll, 60s NY Rock, Punk, Dance from Nashville TN

Erica Sellers met Angela Lese in Louisville, KY in 2011 to form CatFight. After gaining notoriety, the girls moved to Nashville in 2012 and 2013, where they formed another band called The Dead Deads with three other girls in the Fall of 2013.

Having left the DDs in October 2017, Erica and Angie have gone back to their roots, morphing their love for old school rock 'n roll and dance music into one, creating Taco Mouth. The music is produced by the master himself, Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, etc.). Our new EP "W.G.A.F." is out now, with a full-length album due out this fall with Wagener.
Psychedelic Noise Punk Rockers from Birmingham, AL

“Trio Always”
KinZie was conceived in 2011 by frontman and guitarist Phillip Ori. Today, it stands as a trio, an equilateral triangle of intertwined melodies and rhythms in pursuit of balance, harmony, and synchronicity. Ori recruited bass guitarist Thomas M. Warren in 2014 originally as a second guitarist, but both agreed that his services would be better rendered in a lower octave. After a rotating door of drummers, Parker Chambliss showed up in their lives, and he was adopted into the fold quickly as the final member of the trio. Together, the three of them have recorded and self-released an EP titled “Young Vagabonds”, and have begun work on their new full-length record “Dead Eyes”, due out 2019.
Vinyl Orbit
Vinyl Orbit
Rock from Birmingham AL

Turn it up and rip the knob off!

Formed in 2018, Vinyl Orbit founder and front man Matt Barnes, set out to create music that stays with you wherever you go. Matt, former lead guitarist for alternative rock band, Within Reason, is determined to establish himself not only a seasoned guitar player, but also as a singer/songwriter.
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205