After years of reverent exploration and immersion in classic soul and R&B, it can be said The Nightowls has learned its history. Now, the Austin-based groove machine is ready to not repeat it.
Casting aside its throwback artistic ethos, the 10-piece band boldly paves its own path with the sensual pop and smoldering grooves of the aptly titled, We Are The Nightowls, out April 27. It’s a masterful album that benefits from a stable lineup, and crisp modern production courtesy of Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd).
“Previously, it was important for us to look back and pay tribute to the past, but now it’s time to move the ball forward and do something unique,” says the band’s visionary, main songwriter, and singer Ryan Harkrider.
The Nightowls features Ryan Harkrider vocals, Sara Stein, vocals, Kamilla Lamar, vocals, Rob Alton, bass, Andrew McLemore, saxophone, Rydog Johnson, guitar, Vince Wiley, keys, Luke Scallan, trumpet, Zol Waterhouse, trombone, and Justin Hights, drums. The soul dynamos first shook up the Austin scene in 2014 with an incendiary debut album and sweat-soaked revue-style showmanship and choreography.