Through the power of music, The Midnight creates a vibrant landscape where IROC-Z's, high-top sneakers, neon lighting and retro aesthetics rule the scene. The Midnight is a synth-wave band, a genre that is a callback to the '80s in both music and visual aesthetics. Imagery is important to fans and groups of the synth-wave genre. In a synesthesia-like way, the genre uses both the sounds of the music and the artwork of the album covers to create a rain-soaked neon landscape similar to "Blade Runner" or "Miami Vice." The band itself uses its music to create imagery of a scene that is a blend of retro-futurism of '80s car commercials and the moody neon-noir of Michael Mann's "Thief."
Living in The Days of Thunder
The Midnight formed in 2012 after band members Tyler Lyle and Tim Daniel McEwen met at a co-writing workshop in North Hollywood. The pair were inspired by the imagery and instrumental soundtracks of movies and TV shows such as "Drive," "Blade Runner," "Days of Thunder," "Thief," "Miami Vice" and "Knight Rider." They wanted to form a band that played a genre similar to the instrumental soundtracks of these movies but with original lyrics. The band's lyrics range from taking night drives on neon-soaked streets to escaping the daily grind by going for a joy ride to enjoying the local nightlife to reminiscing about spending summer at the local arcade. A few of the band's songs are inspired by classic movies such as Friday the 13th and The Karate Kid. Its first album, "Days of Thunder," was released in 2014, and it spawned the singles "Days of Thunder" and "Gloria." The album would establish The Midnight as an authority in the synth-wave genre. The band would release its sophomore effort, Endless Summer, in 2016, which would spawn the fans favorites, "Jason" and "Comeback Kid." "Jason" features the talented Nikki Flores on vocals and is a tribute to the antagonist of The Friday 13th film series. "Comeback Kid" is inspired by Daniel's saga in The Karate Kid series. In 2018, the band released its latest effort, Kids, which spawned the night driving anthem "America 2" and the moody favorite "Lost Boy." Along with contemporaries FM-84 and Gunship, The Midnight is considered one of the premier bands of the synthwave genre.
Where can I buy tickets to see The Midnight?
If you long to be transported to a rainy neon-soaked landscape, Stubhub can help. You can purchase tickets to all The Midnight's shows through Stubhub.
Where is The Midnight playing?
The Midnight is currently on a world tour. It will be playing shows in Oregon, British Columbia, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Nebraska, Ontario, Oklahoma, Texas, California and the UK.
What can I expect from The Midnight concerts?
The Midnight enjoys putting on excellent live shows that are full of energy. Its live shows contain plenty of smoke as well as blue and purple lighting to enhance the aesthetics. At certain shows, saxophone player Lito Hernandez may join the band for certain songs. During some shows, the band is joined by Nikki Flores, who will perform her part during the song Jason.
How long is a typical The Midnight concert?
The Midnight typically plays for an hour and usually plays around 15 songs. Often, The Midnight is joined by an opening act that plays an hour set. Expect a total time of approximately two hours.
What songs can I expect on the setlist of The Midnight concerts?
Expect to hear all of your favorites from "Jason" and "Lost Boy" to "Gloria," "Shadows" and "America 2." Expect to hear songs from all four albums.
Who are the members of The Midnight?
The Midnight is a duo currently made up of lead singer/guitarist Tyler Lyle and Keyboardist Tim McEwen. It is sometimes joined by singer Nikki Flores and saxophonist Lito Hernandez.Back to Top
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