North Bay rock and roll outfit Midnight North announced last week that their third full-length album will be released on Friday, June 16, complete with a proper event at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Titled Under The Lights, the new album features 11 brand-new tunes steeped in the soulfully distorted and raw California branch of Americana. The disc was recorded and polished by David Simon-Baker, whose previous handiwork with ALO, The Mother Hips, and Jackie Greene as an apparent influence. As the songs float between notes of country, soul, and elegant vocal harmonies over an authentic rock and roll foundation, it is immediately obvious that Midnight North is ready to level up.
The band wrote the majority of Under The Lights the over the summer of 2015 as they embarked on their first cross-country tour, getting to know folks in the Midwest and on the East Coast for the first time. Principal songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck took advantage of the trials of the road and similar themes of pent up longing shine throughout the album.
“Under the Lights is the perfect title for this collection of songs,” said bassist Connor O’Sullivan. “These songs and lyrics are about being a band of musicians on the road away from home. Songs literally performed and tested under the lights at countless venues across the US.”
Yesterday, March 30, the band kicked off another run of the East Coast as the supporting act for Vermont based rising star in the jam scene, Twiddle. When Twiddle came out to the Bay Area last month, Lesh personally invited them to perform a last minute Sunday evening gig at Terrapin Crossroads, the San Rafael venue where Midnight North has held down the Sunday night residency for the last five years. Check out this video of Lesh sitting in with Twiddle performing a cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World:”
Midnight North Under The Lights Album Release Party
Great American Music Hall
June 16, 2017