Midnight Spin

Late Show

Midnight Spin

Apollo Run

Fri, January 11, 2013

Doors: 10:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Midnight Spin - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Midnight Spin
Midnight Spin formed below the streets of Brooklyn in 2008, writing and performing music as powerful and commanding as the roaring JMZ trains and chaotic neighborhood blocks that bustle just above their basement rehearsal space. The following summer, the group released their debut EP to a sellout crowd at Manhattan's famed Mercury Lounge and toured extensively behind it, introducing audiences to a new incarnation of passionate guitar-based alternative rock. While their raucous showmanship and tight performances saw them named one of the 10 Must-See Bands at the annual CMJ Festival, the instant success of their Through the Mojo Wire EP earned Midnight Spin the 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Rock Song.

The group recently finished recording their debut LP, Don't Let Me Sleep, with acclaimed Producer/Engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes). The album showcases the five members of the band at their best, distilling immediately melodic, to-the-point songwriting throughout the course of twelve songs, while displaying inspired ambition and comfort playing at both ends of the volume spectrum. With the release set for January 2013, this album will break down your door and sleep on your couch.
Apollo Run - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Apollo Run
Apollo Run writes mountain-conquering songs. They’re not trying to earn a wink from some gal, they’re taking over the world, so it helps that their big-hearted myth rock is crafted by three dudes who don’t mind getting sweaty out there. In fact, for the release of their debut LP, Here Be Dragons Vol. III, John, Jeff and Graham trained hard on fundamentals. That’s right, nuts and bolts, bread and butter.

For John, it was a little like Rocky IV: “We did a crazy amount of vocal drills and rhythm exercises. Imagine one of those awesome 80's sports movie montages where the athlete is getting back into shape for the big game/fight/race. That was us, and it worked.”

It’s weird to think about these guys humbling down with routine exercises. They are drowning in talent. Graham brings Bonham’s “Hammer of the Gods” attitude to every thump on the kick, crash or snare. Jeff takes over songs at a time with wiggly-worm bass and effortless Zelda arpeggios. John conjures Buckley in one moment, and then rages in the next with old-school showman pomp. It’s a puzzle that they’d opt to shoot free throws all day. Maybe after intro EPs Here Be Dragons Vols. I & II, the band hit a tipping point that charged their cause with urgency. ”For VIII, we had all this great new material and a sense of purpose heading into the studio. A do or die mentality,” says Graham.

The result, full length Here Be Dragons Vol. III, is an hour of sweeping epic. Lush harmonies and cascades of keys crowd around the chamber of “Autumn Song.” Swagger reigns in “Time Cop,” riding on sinewy rhythms and salty disco bass. The chattery vocal effects in “Inevitable Small Rebellions” mark an unmistakable new authority in the AR sound. The crown jewel might be “Sirens,” a picture-perfect ballad that constitutes the first instance of the band writing a song all together, from the ground up.

“Jeff started playing a couple of chords on his ukulele while we were driving a long cold road in Ohio,” remembers John. “It was late at night, hours away from our destination, and we found ourselves in a 20 minute vocal/ukulele musical dialogue that probably only made sense to us.” A ferocious tribal build ensues, “From a peaceful beginning into something beautiful and terrible to behold,” as Graham tells it.

In our recession-ravaged, pirate bay of a music industry, cajones are key and HBVIII takes witness to the scope of material produced by just three guys. It suddenly makes sense that they’d adhere to a strict training regimen; their intricate tunes demand it. So forgive Apollo Run for sweating it out on stage every night. All John, Jeff and Graham know is to earn your attention straight up, 80's style.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002