Written by Heather Solis
The Midnight is a band that performed on September 28 in 2019, located in The Novo, Los Angeles had “the biggest crowd yet” according to the main singer Tim Daniel McEwan. Tim is the main vocalist but also plays the bass, Jamison Tyler Lyle plays the keyboard but they both write the songs for the rest of the band. As many up and coming bands try to make it big, they too are one of them and not only that but for a genre, they are a metal band. As someone who had never heard of them before this concert, they did not give me the impression of a metal music group because most of there songs didn’t give that type of impression.
On September 28, 2019, The Midnight performed at The Novo in Los Angeles to their “the biggest crowd yet,” according to the main singer Tim Daniel McEwan. Tim is the main vocalist but also plays the bass, Jamison Tyler Lyle plays the keyboard, but they both write the songs for the rest of the band. As many up and coming bands try to make it big, they too are one of them and not only that, but for a genre, they are a metal band. Having never heard of them before the concert, they did not give me the impression of a metal music group because most of there songs sounded different.
The opening DJ had great rhythms that left me hooked and super excited for the main act, The Midnight. Throughout the performance, I was coming in with an open mind and hoped that I could enjoy the music, and boy did they leave me speechless. Many times throughout the show, they kept the audience engaged with confetti canons and saxophone solos. The saxophone player really made an impression on me. I don’t often see or hear this in many bands where the main singer shares the spotlight with the rest of his crew. It felt like each one of them really did value each other and when we were told that one of the guitarists was new, Tim made sure that she got as much as a spotlight like any of the other band members.
There were, however, some songs that could have had more lyrics to them. For example, Days of Thunder, where the majority of the song just felt repetitive. It felt more of a rhythm than a song. Towards the end, when I heard Tim say that this song was called Los Angeles, I felt touched because I’m from L.A., and it felt flattering having a song dedicated to your city. This didn’t excuse the fact that the song had a cliche where it felt like they were making L.A. seem greater then it is because L.A. is not always this great image that people make it seem. There are still so many problems that L.A. has to improve like homelessness, gentrification, traffic.
Overall, the band members made the audience feel super emotional, especially with the song Gloria, Sunset, which is for “all those people escaping their small towns and getting to the big city,” according to Tim. In the song Lost & Found, he quoted, “Those that have been lost in the desert and the waiting for the rain don’t worry it’s coming” and it really tells you that these two writers really try to remind people on how life can really be. There are good times and bad ones, and this band did remind us of that. However, they did give me a lot of retro vibes and doing more research on them their albums did provide that type of impression. I recommend checking them out if you enjoy the meaning of a song but also seeing how this band tries to incorporate their saxophonist.