Earlier this week
we promised you something different out of San Louis Obispo, "gloom-pop" band Night Riots
. The darkness that hovers in the spooked-out synths, thumping beats, and festival-ready hooks overwhelms the band's acoustic performance in our session. The keyboards and drum pads were left in the van. Instead, the band re-imagines 3 songs from their new EP Howl
with rusty picks of banjo, campfire kicks on a cajon, swells of eerie accordion, and singer Travis Hawley's anguished lead vocals.
When talking about the session, guitarist/banjo specialist Nick Fotinakes told us, "It's a chance to be creative and weird and different, so we just run with it". Here, the band trades in the anthemic, 80s soundtrack aura of Howl
for a surprising, post-apocalyptic folk feel. It's completely different, but utterly true to who Night Riots are. "We always have an aesthetic," explains Hawley. "It's that Halloween thing. It's Tim Burton. In my head, it's black and orange and white and it's Fall." Watch our session. Pretty sure that's exactly what you'll imagine as it plays through.