Don’t be alarmed by the D&D inspired album art on the embed below. California X are still the same band of rippers who make motorcycle rock for people who’d rather stomp a Steppenwolf LP than consider the possibility that their old man has good taste in music. Take their latest, “Nights in the Dark,” for example. It’s got the drive. Boy, does this thing have a motor, like J Mascis and Neil Young on the open road. And yet, the power of California X’s latest may not be the most impressive thing about this track. This is a more confident band than the one heard on their debut album. This thing is loaded with vocal hooks and spaced-out interludes, and yes, even more gnarly guitar. California X’s sophomore album, Nights in the Dark, will be released January 13th on Don Giovanni Records.