New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
A biker thinks he's hit the jackpot after a day of running drugs and money across Los Angeles, but eventually realizes he's been duped and has to run for his life in the new video for Quaker City Night Hawks' latest single 'Suit in the Back'.
Created and co-directed by Max Loeb and Kilby Rodell of Orange
Bungalow Productions (Rodell is also part of the creative team from Adult Swim's Dream
Corp LLC), the video's inspiration comes from an unlikely source.
"The chief inspiration for this video came from Glenn
Fry's 'Smuggler Blues," say Loeb and Rodell. "It has an action-packed story that moves, and we felt like 'Suit in the Back' was a great fit for that sort of fast-paced narrative style. The song has this badass outlaw-swagger that seemed right at home in the world of smugglers, strippers, and motorcycles. At the same time, the lyrics tell a bit of a cautionary tale - 'You gotta lose something if you wanna live that way' - which prompted us to give our main guy a big downfall at the end."
Quaker City Night Hawks' Sam Anderson says, "I've always been a fan of any art Kilby touches and this is no exception. Watching him and his team create a visual representation of our music was fascinating." Quaker City's Aaron
Haynes adds, "no one wants to see a band in a video...it's 2019. Kilby rules!"
A standout from Quaker City Night Hawks latest album QCNH, which is out now scoring a top 20 debut on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, Rolling Stone says that 'Suit in the Back' "walks a swaggering walk." The actual inspiration for the song came from a run-in with the law, when the band were pulled over and taken to jail on the way to open for Chris Stapleton.
The Ft Worth, TX psychedelic heavy boogie masters will head out on a North American tour this summer with Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Lo-Pan. The month-long tour begins July 26th at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. Quaker City Night Hawks will head to Europe
for a headline tour beginning October 23rd in Hannover, Germany.
Quaker City Night Hawks - 2019 Tour Dates
July 26 // Poughkeepsie, NY // The Chance*
July 27 // Syracuse, NY // Westcott Theater*
July 29 // Kitchener, ON // Dallas Nightclub*
July 31 // Louisville, KY // Mercury Ballroom*
Aug 1 // Grand Rapids, MI // Elevation*
Aug 2 // Milwaukee, WI// The Rave II*
Aug 5 // Indianapolis, IN // Deluxe
at Old National
Aug 6 // Sauget, IL // Pop's*
Aug 7 // Omaha, NE // Slowdown*
Aug 10 // Boulder, CO // Fox Theatre*
Aug 11 // Grand Junction, CO // Mesa Theater*
Aug 13 // Boise, ID // Knitting Factory Concert House*
Aug 14 // Salt Lake City, UT // The Complex*
Aug 16 // Tucson, AZ // Encore*
Aug 17 // Albuquerque, NM // Sunshine
Aug 19 // Austin, TX // Come and Take It Live*
Aug 21 // Jacksonville, FL // 1904 Music
Aug 22 // Jacksonville, NC // The Tarheel*
Aug 23 // Virginia Beach, VA // Elevation 27*
Aug 24 // Sayreville, NJ // Starland Ballroom*
Aug 25 // Providence, RI // Fete Music
Oct 23 // Hannover, Germany // MusikZentrum
Oct 24 // Berlin, Germany // Musik und Frieden
Oct 26 // Cologne, Germany // LUXOR
Oct 27 // Frankfurt Am Main, Germany // Nachtleben
Oct 28 // Munich, Germany // Strom
Oct 30 // Vienna, Austria // Chelsea
Nov 4 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso
Nov 5 // Paris, France // 1999
Nov 7 // Sint-niklaas, Belgium //De Casino
Nov 8 // Manchester, United Kingdom // The Deaf Institute
Nov 9 // London, United Kingdom // Borderline
Nov 10 // Leeds, United Kingdom // Brudenell Social Club
Nov 11 // Glasgow, United Kingdom // The Garage (Attic Bar)
Nov 12 // Birmingham, United Kingdom // Hare & Hounds
Nov 14 // Dublin, Ireland // Green Room at The Academy
Nov 15 // Belfast, United Kingdom // The Limelight
Nov 18 // Stockholm, Sweden // Nalen
Nov 20 // Oslo, Norway // Krøsset
* with Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Lo-Pan
Tickets on sale now from https://www.aegpresents.co.uk
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 White Denim's 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 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 Night Hawks 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."
QCNH casts its net wide, roping gospel harmonies, extended jams, pop hooks, swirling organ solos, and guitar freakouts into the same tracklist. The song's lyrics follow suit. With "Elijah Ramsey," Matsler spins the story of a Millennial male who joined the Army in the wake of 9/11, only to deal with repercussions for years. "I had listened to 'Copperhead Road' by Steve Earle," the singer explains, "and it occurred to me that nobody that I'd heard had written a song about some of these men and women's stories that evoked sounds and imagery that they would have experienced during their time serving in the middle east." On "Suit in the Back," the guys recall a real-life run-in with a highway trooper during their Chris Stapleton
tour. Perhaps most poignantly, songs like "Tired of You Leaving" and "Freedom
" double down on messages of resolve and resilience, with the Quaker City Night Hawks turning their personal struggles into reminders to seize the day.
Built upon a series of live-in-the-studio performances, these tracks shine a light not only on the band's songwriting chops, but their strength as a road band, too. Many of the tunes were debuted on tour, where their arrangements could be shaped and sharpened according to an audience's reaction. As the music evolved on the road, so did the Night Hawks' lineup, which has weathered a handful of lineup changes since the band's formation. QCNH focuses on the band's creative core, with Anderson, Matsler and Haynes producing their strongest work to date.
"We've got a lot of road under our belts," Anderson says, rattling off a list of tour mates like Chris Stapleton, J. Roddy Walston, Lucero, and the Sheepdogs. "Songs change so much when you get to play them over and over again for people. They settle into themselves. You see what works and what doesn't, and you find the balance between the two. Then you bring those lessons into the studio."
Balance. It's the key to any band's survival. After weathering years of ups, downs, and lineup changes, Quaker City Night Hawks reach a rare kind of balance with QCNH. It's an album that rocks as hard as it rolls. An album that nods to the band's past while pushing off toward a new future. An album that reintroduces Quaker City Night Hawks as a 21st century band inspired by — but not defined by — the best parts of previous decades.
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