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The Midnight tear down Brixton

The LA based duo are preparing for release of next album ‘Heroes’ in September, and in anticipation of the album announce the guys decided to tear down Brixton Academy a couple of weeks ago, which followed an intimate set at the Prymz in Kingston with Banquet Records.

The set opened the sold out academy with Neon Medusa, one of the duo's hits followed by the classic Gloria and the sing-along Los Angeles which leads to the encore.

They were brilliant and really got the crowd going. The lighting and stage set-up was visually stunning, but the overall sound was not top-notch.

The band was definitely eager to play London again after 3 years of absence.

With new music and a new live lineup, the group upped the ante for their already massively energetic sets.

Having an ex-communication from church, band member Tyler sought to turn from his religious studies to full time in music and now bringing “church” to fans of the band across the globe. The pair's sweeping sound fuses Americana archetypes with an evocative palette referencing synth- driven film scores, rock and pop and you can admire this energy on stage.

What left me speechless the most is the guitar solos. Lelia’s band partner Royce Whittaker takes on lead guitar, bringing an ounce of 1970s hair metal to The Midnight’s new look. He is something special. Delivering solos that created feasts of effervescence, he really amped up the excitement in The Midnight’s approach to live performance.

The Midnight has long put on an impressive live performance and Brixton was no exception. Making use of guitars, keys and plenty of saxophone solos, the band jammed through a slew of fan favorites and encouraged the nonstop dance party.

The night was a fantastic success. Closing on their most popular song 'Sunset', the band held the audience in the palm of their hand. Whilst some members of the charts have dabbled in 80's synth wave, The Midnight never fail to prove they are at the top of the game. The band’s new album single ‘Change Your Heart Or Die (Listen HERE) released in April.

Photos Isha Shasha

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