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[Live Report] Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012

Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012
While I'm living in Karlsruhe for a month and a half now, I haven’t attended a lot of gigs besides a few local bands (Astrokraut was one of them, you should check them out). So Night Beats' gig was a hell of a chance to start getting things moving.
I first listened to Night Beats last April when I decided to make a special radio show dedicated to 2012’s Austin Psych Fest (which you can check right here) where among other cool bands Night Beats were part of it too. 


I was really amazed about how close these guys' music is to good old Texas' psych/garage’s scene and especially to 13th Floor Elevators. Anyway long story short, I was listening to them in a regular basis and finally last Friday I had the chance to catch them live…


The gig was held in a really cool place here in Karlsruhe (probably the best one) called Alte Hackerei. Located in an area that used to be slaughterhouses, it’s a small, “punkish” (and most significantly, smoking allowed) club with a DIY feeling all over it, enough to travel you to other times and places. So it was the best one for the deal. 

Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012
Weird Owls, a local German band, opened the gig. I think that four guys wearing some carnival owl masks and playing some less-psych/more punk, straight-forward garage was more than a well-fitted opening. I enjoyed their full of energy performance while I was drinking a few beers and getting warmed up for what's was coming up next.

Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012
After a while it was time for Night Beats. I had already drunk enough beers in order to enjoy them in the best possible way and when “Puppet On A String” kicked in… I was living in a better world. It’s one of the songs you wish to go on for an hour or so. What I like in Night Beats is the generous psych dose they inject in their music and when it comes to live performances I believe it’s even more intense. 

Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012
All three of them were playing with soul, passion and cojones. Strings were flying, drums were being smashed, amps were screaming and I had one of the best times in my new environment. "War Games", "Hallucinojenny", "The Other Side", "Ain't A Ghost"  just to name few of the songs... Their setlist was a great one (although I missed "Dial 666") and performed in the best possible smoked-up way in my opinion.
Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012

I doubt that I liked Night Beats’ live performance so much because I had a lot of time to attend a gig. But it’s the fact that it had all the prerequisites for being an amazing live. Guitar, bass, drums, simple high-voltage music with soul, a lot of psychedelic twists and a noisy explosion of 60's pure rock 'n' roll simplicity. What more can you ask for an awesome Friday night...


Night Beats, Weird Owls @ Karlsruhe, 23/11/2012
by Thanos
Credits and thanks to Thomas Reimann for providing me the photos, originally posted in his photography related website

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