The Nightowls could get on stage and play the morning farm report and you would dance. The horns would bop along behind the price of pork bellies and the stunning backup singers would “woo woo” along with the weather forecast while dancing in unison. Fortunately this eight piece band wraps its power around the mesmerizing writing of Ryan Harkrider rather than the farm report. The Nightowls are releasing a small four-song sample of their funky soul sound on a new E.P. titled, Good as Gold | The B-Sides.
Good as Gold | The B-Sides brings along the same energy and stuck in your head catchiness of the Good as Gold album, but it is clear these songs are from a different time and place in Ryan’s life. The last track “Either Way” is a slow burner from Ryan’s past (Check out Ryan’s original version) that really comes to life with a soulful rework and the full band behind him.
My favorite song on Good as Gold | The B-Sides is the funkalicious “The Feel Good,” with a driving beat that can’t be denied. It is a fair departure from the more soul-oriented band, but having seen it performed live I can tell you the band really enjoys letting go on this one.
Of special note is that Austin’s official theme song is here, “Nobody Ever Wants to Leave” and the title alone pretty much sums up Austin. The song works on more than a simple theme song level. The melody is catchy and like all of The Nightowls’ songs, it will make you dance, and if you aren’t careful it will take a day or two to get out of your head.
The Nightowls recordings are nearly perfect, right down to the mastering, and Good as Gold | The B-Sides is no exception. This is another lesson in how to record music the right way. Good as Gold | The B-Sides will be available September 9th @The Nightowls
The Nightowls EP Release party will be at Stubbs on September 12th. Expect the show to sell out and buy your tickets now @Stubbs
The Nightowls are a force of nature when playing live, with the band and its leader melding with the crowd. Don’t miss The Nightowls at the ACL Festival 2014, they may very well be the highlight of your weekend.