For years, drummer Justin Sullivan has served as the rhythmic anchor for bands like The Babies with Kevin Morby and Cassie Ramone, Morby’s solo project, and LA post-punk outfit Flat Worms. In 2015, Sullivan began to teach himself the guitar and write the songs that would form his solo project Night Shop. His 2017 self-titled EP won the attention of, among others, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, who took Sullivan on tour as an opener and will do so again later this fall.
Today, Sullivan announced the debut Night Shop full-length In The Break, out September 14 on Morby’s Mare Records. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the album’s anthemic first single “The One I Love” via a music video that features Sullivan on a nocturnal journey through Los Angeles.
In The Break features contributions from Mare labelmate Anna St. Louis, Meg Duffy of Hand Habits, Greta Morgan of Springtime Carnivore, and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods; it is available for pre-order on digital and vinyl now.
“For the past twenty years, Justin has been guided by music, moving through the world one song at at time. No matter the project, he has always been seen less as a drummer and more as the yin to the songwriter’s yang, with his defined ability to help craft a song into exactly what it should be. He is a secret weapon – the thread that runs through many people’s favorite records.
And so it is here that he steps out from behind his kit for the first time and to stage center as Night Shop. When I think about this record, a lyric from ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,’ comes to mind. It’s the line where Dylan sings, ‘I’ll know my song, well before I starting singing.’ In The Break is the product of someone who has had a lot to say and has waited for the perfect moment to say it.” – Kevin Morby