Quaker City Night Hawks Expand The Sound Of Their Psychedelic Boogie Rock On New Album QCNH, Out March 1 on Lightning Rod Records
Hear strutting first single “Suit in the Back” here
“Rattling along on a thick, thumping groove, ‘Suit in the Back’ walks a swaggering walk.” -Rolling Stone
November 16, 2018 – Quaker City Night Hawks – who Noisey call "a gang of scifi-obsessed ZZ Top superfans who've gone rogue and slid down into a weird, uncanny valley of slide guitars and bottom-heavy distortion pedals" – will release their new album QCNH on March 1, 2019 via Lightning Rod Records. On the new album, the Ft Worth, TX band dig deeper into their influences, ramping up the sonic diversity with 10 new songs rooted in vintage R&B grooves, Stax-worthy funk, and guitar-fueled psychedelia.
"We've always been a rock & roll band," says Sam Anderson, who splits the band's singing, songwriting, and guitar-playing duties with David Matsler. "There's a big '70s influence and a strong southern element to everything we do. With this record, though, we're exploring the sounds we haven't touched upon as often. It's the deepest we've ever gone into our influences, and the widest range of sounds we've ever tied together."
QCNH is tied together in more ways than one. Recorded at Niles City Sound (where Leon Bridges tracked his Grammy-nominated debut, Coming Home, several years earlier) in the band's hometown of Ft. Worth, the album weaves a handful of signature riffs and melodies throughout multiple songs, filling the tracklist with a common strand of musical DNA. The result is a boldly heterogeneous album that still functions as a cohesive whole, produced by former White Denim member Austin Jenkins and performed by a group of road warriors who smartly balance their strengths — Anderson and Matsler's hook-driven songwriting; drummer Aaron Haynes raw rhythm; the band's blend of Tex-Mex desert rock and street-smart, big-city bombast — with their desire to explore and experiment.
The exploration begins with the kinetic kickoff track, "Better in the Morning." Loose and coolly confident, it's the sort of rock & roll anthem meant to be blasted loudly through open windows on a car stereo. From there, the album follows its unique muse into uncharted territory, from the sexed-up soul-funk of "Suit in the Back" to the heartland rock & roll of "Colorado" to the taut, riff-filled abandon of "Freedom." Along the way, the Quaker City Night Hawks nod to Heart's Dreamboat Annie by pairing their acoustic guitars with analog synthesizers ("Elijah Ramsey") and deliver their own version of southern rock ("Fox is in the Henhouse").
The band find some time to get weird, too. "Tired of You Leaving" was inspired by African artists like Ali Farka Toure ("It's a 'love/love lost' song that appeared during a week or so of more-or-less freebasing Fela Kuti records," Matsler explains), while "Grackle King" visits the heady heights of Pink Floyd-inspired psychedelia. When asked about the latter song, Matsler adds, "'Grackle King' is about a guy on the verge of a psychological breakdown who has a quasi psychedelic experience while looking into the eye of a crow…which is how I feel most days."
The band is currently on the tail end of European tour opening for Blackberry Smoke (other recent tour mates include Chris Stapleton, J. Roddy Walston and Lucero), and the band will again open for Blackberry Smoke in the U.S. in 2019. More tour dates will be announced soon. A current list of tour dates can be found here.
Pre-order QCNH here.
For more information on Quaker City Night Hawks, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.