How’d you like a punch in the face? Well, the music of Midnight Mob is the next best thing. This New York band combines punk, metal, blues, rockabilly, and a little bit of soul into one rip-roaring package that’ll remind you of every great rock ’n’ roll act of the last 40 years—Guns N’ Roses, Danzig, Motörhead, Social Distortion, Queens of the Stone Age—without imitating any of them. They’ve released two EPs to date—2011’s self-titled debut and 2013’s Black Moon Rising—and they’re coming back in summer 2015 to hit you with even more, thanks to a PledgeMusic campaign that’s drawing support from fans across the US and the world.
The story thus far: In 2009, guitarist Mickey Squeeze was working as a guitar teacher and struggling to put a band together with former drummer Catastrophe. Through a series of bizarre coincidences and random encounters, by mid-2010 a lineup had solidified that included four of five current members: bassist Carly Quinn, frontwoman Blackey Deathproof, and rhythm guitarist Spydyr. Music was recorded, many gigs were played (including two visits to South by Southwest), and in 2014, current drummer Beatz was mixed into the gang.
The band’s music takes its inspiration from classic rock ’n’ roll, but it’s 1000 percent modern, too. As Mickey says, “You don’t want to be a retro act. We get punk people, metal people, even people who aren’t really into hard rock can relate to us.” Lyrically, it’s Blackey’s show, and she’s out to inspire as she impresses with her incredible vocal power; she says, “My goal with my words in every song is to dig deeper into the human experience of love, loss, pain, abuse, addiction, and self-loathing, and climb my way out in a more triumphant way than the last time. Honest and brutal but glorious.”
The members’ musical tastes are as diverse as their audience: bands as far apart from each other as the Clash, the Distillers, Disturbed, and Type O Negative can all be found in one Mobster or another’s libraries. This manifests itself in the songwriting, which Mickey says has grown more and more democratic over time. “Everyone’s got their foot on a song or two. My foot was kinda the bigger one with the previous stuff, and now it’s more like exploring a lot more of the other band members’ ideas…it’s hitting a sweet spot where we can all write together.”
Midnight Mob’s music has been heard on TV shows like WWE Smackdown; Nitro Circus; Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; and Restaurant Impossible, among others. After a particularly aggro performance at New York’s Bitter End, they were commissioned to write the song “Rise Up” for Wello, a division of Pepsi. They’ve made three videos—“Overdrive,” “All for Nothing,” and “These Days”—and opened for Jane’s Addiction on the main stage of the CBGB Music Festival in New York’s Times Square in 2014. Now they’re ready for the final breakthrough, which their new EP will supply. Says Mickey, “The new stuff is a lot groovier in the vein of Clutch or Danzig or Queens of the Stone Age. It has everything we’ve been doing— guitar solos, big drum fills, big vocals—but it moves better.”
Supporting the band’s PledgeMusic campaign can get you anything from a signed copy of the next CD to a Skype Q&A with a bandmember to a show in your town and a hang beforehand! Midnight Mob are the badass kings and queens of raw, 21st Century rock ’n’ roll—get in on the ground floor and say you knew them when!
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