Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Midnite Social


I don't know what took me so long to get around to popping this disc open. I think it ended up getting sucked into the pile for longer than it deserved, but fortunately it did get played. Fortunatly because contained on this disc from Massachusetts based Midnite Social are some seriously rockin' tunes. They have their influences for sure as they show some hints of Guns and Roses and prime Aerosmith, but they easily move beyond the copycat bands that make up the majority of today's hard rock scene. The grooves are monstrous and they pull them out like it second nature and perhaps it is.The vocals are loud, confidant and even a little cocky which works just fine for this style. Guitar solos are fresh and vibrant with strong tones. The drums are solid as they pound and smash their way through. Then you have the bass, which you can actually hear. That doesn't happen nearly enough in hard rock as many acts choose let it go unheard, but Midnite Special use it as it was meant to be. Midnite Special know how to mix it up too. Tracks like the steady grinding "Crazy", the swirling and pounding "Once" and the spine shaking "No paradise" are just a few examples of the kind of instantly likable rock songs that this band can crank out. While tracks like "Jessica" and "Goodbye" demonstrate the band's ability to slow things down a bit and really play up some solid melodies. The only song on here I wasn't big on was the rap based "After Midnite". Even it was alright, but it just seemed very out of place in view of the album as a whole. This is a band who come across as very natural and that blended with their talent and obvious enthusiasm certainly makes them an act to watch out for.

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Anonymous Martell said...

You had me sold with the chick on the cover, but great reveiw, stuff sounds great on their site. Going to check it out.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Ripple Effect said...

I agree completely. Nice disc

1:25 PM  

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