Night Beats

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Night Beats
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Night Beats at Mount Rainier National Park in 2010.
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Garage rock, psychedelic rock, soul, surf rock
Instruments vocals, guitar, bass, drums
Years active 2009 — present
Labels Trouble In Mind
Holy Twist (UK)[1]
Associated acts The Drug Purse
The UFO Club
Night Sun
Members Danny Lee Blackwell
James Traeger
Jakob Bowden
Past members Tarek Wegner

The Night Beats are an American psychedelic, garage and soul group based in Seattle, Washington. The group consists of Lee Blackwell (Lead Guitar, Vocals), James Traeger (Drums) and Jakob Bowden (Bass). Night Beats incorporate sounds of early R&B, Texas Psychedelic Rock, UK Blues, Folk and Soul.[2]


Danny Lee "Blackwell" originally from Dallas, Texas founded Night Beats in 2009 when James Traeger moved from Austin, Texas to Seattle, Washington. Named as an homage to Sam Cooke's album 'Night Beat'[3] the then 2-piece picked up Tarek Wegner who was living in Seattle. The Night Beats toured extensively early on completing multiple North American tours during 2010 and were signed within weeks of self releasing their debut EP, the H-Bomb EP. Picked up by Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Only's, Hex Dispensers, etc.).[4]

They have toured with groups such as The Black Angels (band) (in the UK, Europe and U.S.), Roky Erickson, The Zombies, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips, and The Growlers.

Their H-Bomb 7" topped several college radio charts competing with other Artists' full-length efforts. (September 6, 2010)[5]

In 2011, they released a split between The UFO Club and Night Beats on Austin's The Reverberation Appreciation Society label. In April 2011, the Seattle-based art collective Portable Shrines along with Translinguistic Other released Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theater Vol. 1 on the Light In The Attic Records label, a deluxe double LP featuring rare and exclusive tracks from Night Beats, Eternal Tapestry, Prince Rama, AFCGT, and other established and up and coming psychedelic acts curated by Seattle's Portable Shrines Collective.[6]

On June 28, 2011 Trouble In Mind released the Night Beats Self Titled Debut LP.[7]

In June 2012, They released a single on Volcom Vinyl Club

In July 2013, The Reverberation Appreciation Society (Austin Psych Fest) announced the release of the full-length album "Sonic Bloom" for September 24 of that year.[8]

Upon releasing Sonic Bloom, the band toured North America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia.

In late 2014 Tarek Wegner left the group. [9]

Band members[edit]


  • Lee Blackwell (aka Danny Rajan, D. Lee B.) - Vocals, lead guitar
  • James Traeger - Drums
  • Jakob Bowden - Bass


Studio albums[edit]


  • Get Wyld! Vol. 1 - 2010 (Holy Twist)[10]
  • Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. 1 - 2011 (Translinguistic Other/Light In The Attic)[11]
  • Sailor Jerry Vol. 4 - 2011 (Sailor Jerry Rum)


  • H-Bomb 7" - 2010 (Self-Released)
  • H-Bomb 7" - 2010 (Trouble In Mind Records)[12]
  • H-Bomb EP (iTunes) - 2010 (Holy Twist)[13]
  • Night Beats/UFO Club Split 10" - 2011 (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
  • Night Beats/TRMRS Split 7" - 2012 (Volcom Entertainment/Resurrection Records)[14]

Cassette releases[edit]

  • Night Beats - 2011 (Burger Records)
  • Sonic Bloom - 2013 (Burger Records)

DVD releases[edit]


  1. ^ Segal, Dave (2009-10-19). "The Night Beats Announce New Label, Tour, and Recording Plans | Line Out". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Maguire, Paige (2010-04-09). "Austin Psych Fest Preview: For the Benefit of Mr. Night (Beats)". Austinist. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. ^ Troublemakers (2012-03-15). "Trouble In Mind". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Top 30 Albums |". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Translinguistic Other » Blog Archive » Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. 1". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Night Beats | Trouble In Mind Records". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Get Wyld! Volume 1 by Various Artists". 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  11. ^ "Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I | Light In The Attic Records". 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  12. ^ [3] Archived August 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "iTunes Store". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  14. ^ "Volcom Entertainment - Vevc". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  15. ^ Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Get-N Classic - Vol. 2 | Vans Presents". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 

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