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The Midnight have announced their new full-length studio album ‘Heroes‘, out 9th September on Counter Records.
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The announcement coincides with the release of their new single ‘Heartbeat’, a rousing and electrifying track that helps set the tone for the album, which was written during isolation by the band’s Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle. ‘Heroes‘ represents a clear sonic shift for the duo, who have expanded their lineup to include three live musicians – Lelia Broussard on bass, Royce Whittaker on guitar, and Justin Klunk on saxophone and synth – with both Broussard and Whittaker working alongside them on the new LP which was produced by McEwan and mixed by Ingmar Carlson (Tate McCrae, Disclosure, Carly Rae Jepsen).
The band just toured across the UK and Ireland, selling out shows in Dublin, Glasgow and London’s Brixton Academy. It marked their third ever London show, previously selling out the Roundhouse, with The Express insisting that they are “without question, one of the next iconic rock acts of the generation” in their glowing review.
‘Heroes‘ is also the final in a trilogy of albums that started with 2018’s “Kids”, which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart, and was followed in 2020 with “Monsters”. “For me, Kids is self-knowledge, Monsters is self-love, and then Heroes is empathy,” said Lyle. “I got into depth psychology and this idea of etiology, the way a human forms. “The world doesn’t get better but we do. We grow into ourselves. We grow into our voice.”
You can hear this shift in the new songs which are more visceral and warmer. For a band that started as a synth-heavy duo, they have come a long way, now creating fully-realised, arena-worthy songs. From new single ‘Heartbeat’, with its Van Halen-inspired synth leads, echoing drums, layered vocal chants and an explosive chorus; to last month’s single, the propulsive guitar-laden ‘Change Your Heart Or Die’, “Heroes” ushers in The Midnight’s next era with some of their biggest and boldest songs yet.
While taking a huge sonic step forward on Heroes, the band’s music still possesses the dramatic and nostalgic streak they’ve become known for since their 2014 debut in EP Days of Thunder. The new LP also reflects the confidence they’ve gained in their songwriting thanks in part due to their expanded live lineup. The band’s vivid sound is well-suited to full rock instrumentation, and the five-piece has cemented that in front of massive sold-out crowds this past year.
“The last two years have been so hard for so many people,” the band explain. “‘Heartbeat’ is a reminder that love and empathy is not a finite resource. There is love enough.”
One of the most prolific bands on the scene right now, ‘Heartbeat’ sees The Midnight continue with their shift in sonic direction – while further heightening the anticipation for “Heroes”.
2022 Tour Dates
9/17 @ Music Midtown in Atlanta, GA
9/21 @ Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
9/23 @ Belly Up in Aspen, CO
9/24 @ Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
9/25 @ The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
9/26 @ The Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
9/28 @ The Paramount in Seattle, WA
9/29 @ Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
10/1 @ Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
10/2 @ Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
10/4 @ The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA
10/5 @ The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
10/6 @ The Rialto in Tucson, AZ
10/7-10/9 @ Austin City Limits Fest Weekend 1 in Austin, TX
10/9 @ Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
10/10 @ The Truman in Kansas City, MO
10/11 @ The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
10/13 @ Iron City in Birmingham, AL
10/14 @ The Civic Center in New Orleans, LA
10/14-10/16 @ Austin City Limits Fest Weekend 2 in Austin, TX
1. Golden Gate
2. Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
4. A Place of Her Own
6. Heart Worth Breaking
7. Loved by You
9. Change Your Heart or Die
13. Energy Never Dies, It Just Transforms
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