Introducing Midnight North’s new EP Down and Out in Mobile. This EP allows us to travel through time and combine the Midnight North of 2017 with the MN of today.

Let us explain.

Rewind all the way back to 2017. Midnight North kicked off our 2017 with a trip to Mobile, Alabama in January. We were asked to be part of Jake Peavy’s band The Outsiders opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Saenger Theater. We had gotten to know Jake the previous year when Jake pitched for our San Francisco Giants. As part of our trip, we were lucky enough to check out Jake’s new studio, Dauphin Street Sound, and cut a few tracks. These were original songs that were still fairly new to us – at this point “Under The Lights” wouldn’t be released for another 5 months. We didn’t do much with the tracks, but luckily we saved them just in case.

Flash forward to 2020. The pandemic stranded the four of us in four different cities on 2 separate coasts, but we still really wanted to work on music together. We quickly settled on our first projects, which you’ve already heard: our cover of Jason Isbell’s “Only Children” (released May 22) and our newly recorded original “Good Days” (released June 12). But as we went through the archives we also found the original files for three songs that we had recorded at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile in January 2017. Perfect! Down and Out in Mobile was in motion.

We were all a bit different in 2017. Midnight North sure was! So for this project we decided to time travel and make a 2020 Midnight North version of these 2017 recordings. Nathan added banjo, harmonica, and percussion. We all added more harmonies. Connor mixed the tunes AND added mandolin, Fender Rhodes piano, synth pads, and gong! The result is three familiar Midnight North tunes presented in an amazingly unfamiliar way.
credits

Produced by Connor O’Sullivan & Midnight North
Recorded & engineered by Keylan Laxton at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile, AL and by Midnight North in their home studios.
Mixed & mastered by Connor O’Sullivan
Published by Elliconn Music (BMI)
Old phones photograph by Nathan Graham
Layout & design by Connor O’Sullivan & Midnight North

 

 

The entire Dem Suite discography is now on Bandcamp! Thats two full length albums and two EPs spanning 2008 to 2011. Purchase the entire digital discography and get 30% off. Both albums are also available on CD and both EPs are available as 7″ vinyl. The Feels Like Rain 7″ sold out back in 2008 but we found a few copies in storage and they are now up on Bandcamp.

 

Selections from the Great American Music HallWe’re very excited to announce Midnight North’s new live album, Selections from the Great American Music Hall is now available!

This album features 8 of our favorite tracks from our amazing hometown show on November 3, 2017 at the beautiful Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. These tracks are loaded with special guests Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mihali & Ryan of Twiddle, and our very own Northbound Horns.

Selections from the Great American Music Hall will be released digitally everywhere on Friday August 10th. The band will be carrying *Early Bird Exclusive CDs* at all of the Summer Tour 2018 dates starting Friday, July 20th at Peach Festival. Pre-order on Midnight North’s Bandcamp page is available now.

Selections from the Great American Music Hall

1. “Everyday”
(Featuring the Northbound Horns)
2. “Playing a Poor Hand Well”
(Featuring the Northbound Horns)
3. “Lost in the Cold”
(Featuring Mihali Savoulidis, Ryan Dempsey & The Northbound Horns)
4. “Only a River”
(Featuring Bob Weir)
5. “The Music Never Stopped”
(Featuring Bob Weir & Phil Lesh)
6. “Miss M”
(Featuring Mihali Savoulidis, Ryan Dempsey & The Northbound Horns)
7. “Angel from Montgomery”
(Featuring Ryan Dempsey & Mihali Savoulidis)
8. “Under the Lights”
(Featuring Phil Lesh, Mihali Savoulidis, Ryan Dempsey & The Northbound Horns)

Catch Midnight North on tour this Summer, and get your early copy of Selections from the Great American Music Hall at any of these shows:

7.20.2018 | Peach Festival, Scranton, PA | Tickets
7.21.2018 | CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY^ | Tickets
7.22.2018 | Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY^ | SOLD OUT
7.25.2018 | Garcia’s at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY | Tickets
7.26.2018 | Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT* | Tickets
7.29.2018 | Bayley Beach, Rowayton, CT | Tickets
8.1.2018 | Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ | Tickets
8.18.2018 | Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA | Tickets

^with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band & Twiddle
*with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band

 

Midnight North - Under The Lights
Midnight North’s 3rd studio album, Under The Lights is here!

Get it now:
iTunes
Bandcamp
Amazon Music
Spotify

And in stores across the world via The ILS Group!

In June of 2017 Midnight North is slated to release their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under The Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.

Immediately after their last studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North – fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, lead guitar, and harmony work from Alex Jordan and stomping bass lines from Connor O’Sullivan – began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of Under The Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes – the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving – shine through.

“Under the Lights is the perfect title for this collection of songs,” said O’Sullivan. “These songs and lyrics are about being a band of musicians on the road away from home. Songs literally performed and tested under the lights at countless venues across the US.”

Last year, while work in the studio continued, the band’s stream of amazing live shows and festival appearances sped by as the band jammed with heavyweights like Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Tom Hamilton, Mihali Savoulidis, and more. Hitting the road night after night and building their fan base has proved a lot of fun and every time they come back to a city the venues and crowds get bigger while the songs get tighter. “On the road you have an opportunity to dig into what the band is capable of and learn where your limits as a group are and aren’t,” said Jordan. “It was a wonderful opportunity to capture a sound on this album that is identifiably our own.”

In addition to all the touring, Midnight North is on year five of holding down Sunday nights at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. To celebrate the occasion, they released a free live album, Live at Terrapin Crossroads in 2016, where Relix Magazine took a shine to “the group’s powerful three-part harmonies.” Performing weekly for a hometown crowd allows a chance to continuously test new material. “I feel like I’ll come to the band with this raw idea and watch it totally come to life,” said Peck.

2017 will continue the growth for Midnight North, as the exciting release of Under The Lights helps point the way for more and more fans to discover the band. “These songs tell our story, at least up to this point,” said Lesh. “Our job is to sing you these stories as honestly as we can and transport you into our world for an hour or two.”