Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Nightowls have garnered a loyal following of fans eager to dance to their unique style of modern soul and R&B. While the band started as a local act, they have been spending more time on the road in recent years playing to enthusiastic crowds at festivals and clubs around the country. Fronted by vocalist Ryan Harkrider, their expansive lineup includes background singers and horns. Together these talented musicians whip up their own brand of catchy and energetic blue-eyed soul that, while paying tribute to the past, is refreshingly new.
On April 27th the band will release their new album We Are The Nightowls. Most of the album was written in 2017 following extensive touring in support of their 2016 EP Royal Sessions. “Our previous 2 albums were concept albums that payed homage to the historic recording studios in which they were recorded,” frontman Ryan Harkrider describes. “This new album is more about capturing the band’s sound…it’s more of an updated, cohesive statement about who we are.”
Indeed, this album captures The Nightowls in fine form as they lay into a well-oiled sound that is bursting with funk, soul and poppy goodness. Today Glide is excited to premiere the song “Don’t It Feel Weird (Falling In Love)”, which is the opening track on the album. Sultry and soulful, the tune is a sizzling nugget of R&B that could easily make a perfect soundtrack for a candlelit evening of love and kisses. Harkrider exudes confidence and suave style as he seems to embrace a sound that is rooted as much in legends like Al Green as it is in contemporaries like Justin Timberlake. As the opening track on the album, the slowburning number makes it clear that The Nightowls are aspiring to bigger stages and radio hits.
Reflecting on the origins of the song, Harkrider has this to say:
“This song is about falling in love with the same person…again. The groove was taken from a band rehearsal and it turned into a song we played live while on tour in 2017. The strings were arranged by Buffi Jacobs and recorded by the current Hamilton (musical) string section.”
We Are The Nightowls is out on April 27th. For more music and info visit wearethenightowls.com.
Photo credit: Laura Hajar