Midnight Passenger album-release show tonight at Mahall’s, with Corduroy Season and Nights.
The new Midnight Passenger album, Calypso, was recorded over the past year by Jim Stewart at Lava Room, Whiteout Audio and Jim Stewart Studios. “Jim sent us some tunes and we were blown away.” said Justin Markert of Cellar Door Records. “Midnight Passenger have a unique electric energy on stage that forces you to pay attention. Masters of their craft, they’re not afraid to explore new territory, climb to greater heights and take the listener with them. We couldn’t be more excited about this record.” Midnight Passenger is an Alternative/Indie Rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, consisting of Tony Zaro (lead vocals), Dan Metyk (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ricky Zaborowski (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jim Janek (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Shane Zigler (drums). Calypso also features guest appearances from Sam Getz (Welshly Arms), Vinny DiFranco (Ohio Sky) and Jenna Fournier (Nights).
NIGHTS is the amalgamation of four strong musicians and songwriters with diverse musical backgrounds. Their songs, sound, grooves, and melodies are composed to rock, soothe, excite, entangle, and envelop listeners in a variegated aural experience. NIGHTS’ sound is amorphous yet distinct, wide in scope, influence, and imagination.
Fronting NIGHTS, Jenna Fournier, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, writes the majority of NIGHTS’ lyrical content and composes the skeletal song structures. Jenna joined NIGHTS New Years Day of 2010 at the invitation from Francesco Maraldo, sonic sculptor, guitarist, and unapologetic rocker. Francesco contributes to lyrics, arrangements and instrumentation, and manipulates the sounds that paint the starry-sky over the rhythmic foundation NIGHTS stands on. Together they joined Chris Dalman, classically trained percussionist, sound engineer, and accomplished athlete (both behind the kit and apart from). After a search for the final piece, Vincenzo Mauer stepped into the sonic foray. Aside from being NIGHTS bassist and Donatello, he is an accomplished sound sculptor, and often the witty comic relief that fuses together a multi-headed, musical, mythological monster that stomps out tumultuous rock rhythms, breathes sinuous sonic-scapes, and hums mellifluous melodies.
NIGHTS released their first EP, A Tangle of Arms, in 2010. After a year in the studio recording the follow-up, they decided to scrap the entire thing and start over, unsatisfied with the quality. They switched studios and engineers and finally released their debut ‘whisper’ in 2013. Shortly after, they landed a deal with an indie label in Japan, 2670 Records. Whisper was officially released in Japan via Tower Records on September 18, 2013.
Corduroy Season features Ron Kenzig (Drums, Vocals), Scott Larson (Guitar, Vocals); Jason Libal (Guitar), Zach Panek (Bass, Vocals) and Matt Sweeney (Keys)