Photo by Karlo X. Ramos
The Quaker City Night Hawks are one of the weirdest blues rock bands I've ever heard. The overall impression of a gang of scifi-obsessed ZZ Top superfans who've gone rogue, strapped on their own weapons, and slid down into a weird, uncanny valley of slide guitars and bottom-heavy distortion pedals. Formed in Fort Worth, TX and raised up on riffs, gospel, and Mark Twain, this ragtag bunch of boundary-pushers is likely to appeal to fans of Fu Manchu and Tom Waits in equal measure. Catch an earful for yourself with our premiere of "Good Evening" below.
Taken from the Texas outfit's upcoming record, El Astronauta, the tune "Good Evening" is a strange, bluesy trip into the desert, where the vocals are obscured by a slurry of distortion to create an effect that's less human than half-drunk robot. As guitarist and vocalist/possible robot Sam Anderson told Noisey, "This song has always felt like a thesis statement for the record both sonically and lyrically. You get flashes and pieces of what's to come on the rest of El Astronauta. It's us letting you know where we're coming from right out of the gate."
El Astronauta is out May 20 on Lightning Rod Records; settle in for a first listen to "Good Evening" below.