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This past Sunday, we made it down to San Francisco to catch Midnight Cinema as they performed at The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. I have been waiting to catch them live and was so glad because all that waiting, was well worth it. They played to a packed crowd as they recently released their debut album, Lightning in a Bottle last month.

It was great to see the crowd sing along to favorites like Hurricane, Back to the Butterflies, and Lightning in a Bottle. Another highlight is when they performed a dare I say…… cover… of Angel’s on the Moon, the big hit from their previous band Thriving Ivory. I must tell you that I was not expecting them to play that song and it really took me to a very special place and time and brought me the bittersweet memories of my daughter whom I lost many years ago. It was a song that I used to play that helped me get out from under the dark place I was in and return to the light of the world and the living. So it was so refreshing to hear it performed live once again and this time, be completely in the present and such a better place in my life. It was an absolute gift. Check out photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

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The set list for the night:

  • Back to the Butterflies
  • Hurricane
  • Burn Me Now
  • Perfect Stranger
  • Angels on the Moon
  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Edge of the Earth

I hope you had a chance to pick up the new album since it is filled with passionate songs, emotionally driven lyrics, wrapped in catchy choruses and infectious melodies. It has been one of my favorite since first getting it last month.  The album once again highlights the art of their music that truly connects a listener to their emotions through song.  Pick up Lighting in a Bottle  by visiting: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lightning-in-a-bottle/id906066537.

“We really feel like we’ve come a long way over the past couple of years. We’ve had a lot of time to sit and think about the kind of music we want to make and who we are as musicians. In the end, we’re still the same guys who just want to write good songs that revolve around themes that people can relate to. The difference now is that we have the freedom to explore different sounds while still remaining true to ourselves. I think Midnight Cinema is modern, thematic, and catchy in a way that has staying power. We’re excited for everyone to hear the music and hope that they discover something special for themselves,” notes Midnight Cinema vocalist Clayton Stroope.

Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news. I will leave you with several videos from their set.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

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Midnight Cinema

We are very excited to announce the release date of Midnight Cinema‘s debut album, Lightning in a Bottle as August 26th. The album is the follow up to their 2013 self-titled EP release from Midnight Cinema. The EP was critically acclaimed and was received extremely well by longtime fans – fans that had been following them since their days in Thriving Ivory. They have released a music video for their song, Edge of the Earth which is on the upcoming album. Check out the video here:

The song is absolutely amazing and once again highlights the art of their music with  emotionally driven songs that truly connect a listener to their emotions. It is touching inspirational song that can easily be described as that reassuring hug from a friend, or the comforting hand reaching out to you and guiding you and lifting you up. About the video, “It was amazing how many friends stepped up and wanted to help us with this project, sometimes offering to work for free. We shot the video with Michael here in the Bay Area, which has a plethora of amazing backdrops.  We would be driving around and say, ‘I know this spot here,’ and just head over and shoot.  In the end, we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The album Lighting in a Bottle can be pre-ordered by visiting: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lightning-in-a-bottle/id906066537LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE is the product of the band taking full control of their music. They produced it from front to back, something they’d never done before. This is one album that I am truly looking forward to.

“We really feel like we’ve come a long way over the past couple of years. We’ve had a lot of time to sit and think about the kind of music we want to make and who we are as musicians. In the end, we’re still the same guys who just want to write good songs that revolve around themes that people can relate to. The difference now is that we have the freedom to explore different sounds while still remaining true to ourselves. I think Midnight Cinema is modern, thematic, and catchy in a way that has staying power. We’re excited for everyone to hear the music and hope that they discover something special for themselves,” notes Midnight Cinema vocalist Clayton Stroope.

Working in the studio is something that we’ve always loved doing. We’ve learned so much over the years; working alongside some amazing artists and producers.  We thought that making our own record was something that we would like to try. I even got a chance to mix most of the songs on the album, which was a massive challenge. The same mix of a song would sound different to me on any given day. You end up listening to it so many times, it’s easy to lose perspective. I think I was able to get it right, I’m just glad the feedback so far has been really positive,” adds Cribley.

If you are located in the Bay Area, I hope you join us as Midnight Cinema will be performing on September 7th at The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco with Barcelona and The Young Wild. For more information and further event details, visit MidnightCinemamusic.com. We will make sure to bring you complete coverage and an interview with the band as well.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

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Midnight Cinema

I know it was only a few months ago that I told you about Midnight Cinema‘s last EP and that one was amazing. You can read about it here. Well how about more incredible new music from these talented guys? They  just released earlier this week, Midnight Demos 2013 which is available on Itunes here.  It is filled with another 5 AMAZING songs.

It started right off with Back to the Butterflies and I was instantly drawn into this catchy sweet tune that will have you singing along in no time.  Edge of the Earth is that uplifting song that will just help you to take you that next scary step in whatever you struggle with. It really has heartfelt lyrics and it just might be my favorite song for quite a while. Sooner or Later, Perfect Stranger and Someday Never Came deliver again lyrics that can speak to anyone about a variety of things. That is what I love about their music. You can listen to it and feel a personal connection to each song and it might be completely different than what your friend experiences. Midnight Cinema is like that perfect friend who knows the right things to say in every event.  On Someday Never Came it is the perfect ending to the EP. It creates a bright new sky for a new day or a new beginning. Exactly what this band has done, an evolution of their creative talents that has taken them to a new level. Job well done, gentlemen!

So head over to Itunes and pick up your copy or if you are in the Bay Area, come to their show at Cafe Du Nord on November 2nd and pick it up there at their show. You can pick up tickets here for that show.

You can also check out an Interview which we did with Clayton Stroope back in May. 

~ Marisol

 

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Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us how Midnight Cinema got started?

Clayton:  Midnight Cinema was started during a song writing session in 2010 with some of our good friends and co-writers in New York. We had taken a break from touring as Thriving Ivory to do some writing and realized that the new batch of songs were different in a good way. We thought we had something special going on and wanted to move in a new direction. So we decided to think of a new name. That’s the worst part of starting a new band…

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Music Junkie Press: We have heard “Hurricane” and I will say, totally blown away by this first song! Definitely a great song and has us wanting so much more. Do you have any dates on your debut album of Midnight Cinema?

Clayton: The debut 5 song EP will be released digitally on July 9th! Our first show will be in our home town of San Francisco on July 23rd! Check out the official Midnight Cinema page and website for info!

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Music Junkie Press: We loved Thriving Ivory and really look forward to your new venture! Where can we get your music and what are your social media sites that we should stay updated on?

Clayton: Check out our official Facebook page and website. All the info about our EP release, upcoming shows and day to day happenings can be found here. Come check us out and say hi!   (All links listed below)

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us when you first started in Music and what was the first song you ever learned how to play in its entirety?

Clayton:  Oh, man that goes way back. I started playing guitar and singing when I was about eight I think. I remember being extremely frustrated because I wanted to play the kind of rock songs my dad played for me and all I could manage to strangle out of the guitar was Mary Had a Little Lamb. But I’m pretty sure that I learned to play “This Land is Your Land” for the talent show…humble beginnings…

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Music Junkie Press:  If we could peak into your Ipods, what artist or song might you think we would be most surprised at finding on there?

Clayton:  Ooooh, you’d probably be surprised to find Brooks and Dunn. I’m a pretty big country fan.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  At Music Junkie Press, we are very strong believers about how music can change your mood, your life, heal your soul and just help you make it through the day. Do you have a personal story you could share where music helped you through a certain situation?

Clayton:  I don’t have one specific example but I can say that music has been a present and strong force in my life since I was a kid. It has always been there for me in the good times, and the bad times. I definitely feel like all music lovers have a special soundtrack that runs alongside the story of their life. The power of music is that it embeds itself in our memory. The life events we go through are attached to the music we were listening to at that time. That’s why I love making music. I have the privilege of being a part of those memories on other peoples’ lives.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  We all have Go To songs that just can lift us or energize us.  What is your Go To song?

Clayton:  Right now it’s “I Love It”, by Icona Pop

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Music Junkie Press:  What was your first concert you ever went to?

Clayton: My parents took me to see Kenny Loggins. Hey who doesn’t like Caddy Shack!

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Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Clayton: Do your homework, be nicer to girls, and find something you love to do and work as hard as you can at it. Now whether the 14 year-old me listens is another question.

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Music Junkie Press:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Clayton: Just that they check out the new music and come see a show. We’re excited for everyone to hear the new stuff!

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~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/MidnightCinemaMusic

Website:     www.midnightcinemaofficial.tumblr.com/

Itunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/midnight-demos-2013-ep/id730567199

Twitter:    www.twitter.com/MidCinMusic

Music Video: http://youtu.be/qHhOD0YkKMA

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Midnight Cinema

So guess what just came out? If you had your calendars marked right as I told you, you would be listening along with me to the new Midnight Cinema EP. If not, let me tell you about this great new EP by Midnight Cinema which is composed of members of the highly successful band, Thriving Ivory.

As I told you before… It is not as much a reincarnation but more of an evolution of their creative talents.  Clayton Stroope  will have you again, magically transported  as his vocals take you on an emotional journey that truly touches your soul.  Drew Cribley’s melodic guitar playing will heightens your senses and Paul Niedermier brings it all together on drums. Midnight Cinema is truly harmonious symmetry at its finest.

You start off  “Crazy Beautiful” that just brings the energy driven emotional vocals to life. You can’t help but start right at the beginning with yourself moving and ready to inhale more of the  beauty that Midnight Cinema brings.

Next, they bring you their hit that I told you about before, “Hurricane”. This has every sign of being their biggest hit off this EP. You can’t  help but get wrapped in Clayton’s vocals as he captures your every mood and has you swirling in your own emotional Hurricane. I love this one so much.

“Heavy” is next and it has a much more serious tone to it at first but takes you on an ethereal ride into bliss. Definitely can see this one being their next single off this EP after Hurricane.

“Holding My Breath” really makes me miss Thriving Ivory. This song almost reminds me of where Thriving Ivory left off. I don’t know why. It just brings such an emotional pull out of me in sincerely the best way. My mind is racing with so many different memories. Actually, I will be  honest with you, it reminds me of Angels on the Moon and how that song emotionally touched me as I lost my daughter  years ago. This song really hit a chord with me in such a beautiful way. I can only imagine what this song will bring to others. It is so well written, lyrically and musically. I actually thought of my Julia in such a sweet way and couldn’t help feeling good at the same time missing her.

“Burn Me Now” is the last song on the EP and brings you right back to where you started. Energy, emotion, beautiful lyrics, and will have you putting this CD on replay for a long time coming. I know I will. I truly am so pleased with what Midnight Cinema gave to us with their gift of music.

They are going to have their EP release party/show on July 23rd at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. I hope you come and join us as we celebrate this great CD!

Here is their first “hit” off the EP titled, “Hurricane”. I say “hit” because it really is incredible and I can see it having a rapid climb on the charts. I love it. Here is the video for “Hurricane”

You can check out an Interview which we did with Clayton Stroope back in May. 

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us how Midnight Cinema got started?

Clayton:  Midnight Cinema was started during a song writing session in 2010 with some of our good friends and co-writers in New York. We had taken a break from touring as Thriving Ivory to do some writing and realized that the new batch of songs were different in a good way. We thought we had something special going on and wanted to move in a new direction. So we decided to think of a new name. That’s the worst part of starting a new band…

* * * *

Music Junkie Press: We have heard “Hurricane” and I will say, totally blown away by this first song! Definitely a great song and has us wanting so much more. Do you have any dates on your debut album of Midnight Cinema?

Clayton: The debut 5 song EP will be released digitally on July 9th! Our first show will be in our home town of San Francisco on July 23rd! Check out the official Midnight Cinema page and website for info!

* * * *

Music Junkie Press: We loved Thriving Ivory and really look forward to your new venture! Where can we get your music and what are your social media sites that we should stay updated on?

Clayton: Check out our official Facebook page and website. All the info about our EP release, upcoming shows and day to day happenings can be found here. Come check us out and say hi!   (All links listed below)

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us when you first started in Music and what was the first song you ever learned how to play in its entirety?

Clayton:  Oh, man that goes way back. I started playing guitar and singing when I was about eight I think. I remember being extremely frustrated because I wanted to play the kind of rock songs my dad played for me and all I could manage to strangle out of the guitar was Mary Had a Little Lamb. But I’m pretty sure that I learned to play “This Land is Your Land” for the talent show…humble beginnings…

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  If we could peak into your Ipods, what artist or song might you think we would be most surprised at finding on there?

Clayton:  Ooooh, you’d probably be surprised to find Brooks and Dunn. I’m a pretty big country fan.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  At Music Junkie Press, we are very strong believers about how music can change your mood, your life, heal your soul and just help you make it through the day. Do you have a personal story you could share where music helped you through a certain situation?

Clayton:  I don’t have one specific example but I can say that music has been a present and strong force in my life since I was a kid. It has always been there for me in the good times, and the bad times. I definitely feel like all music lovers have a special soundtrack that runs alongside the story of their life. The power of music is that it embeds itself in our memory. The life events we go through are attached to the music we were listening to at that time. That’s why I love making music. I have the privilege of being a part of those memories on other peoples’ lives.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  We all have Go To songs that just can lift us or energize us.  What is your Go To song?

Clayton:  Right now it’s “I Love It”, by Icona Pop

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  What was your first concert you ever went to?

Clayton: My parents took me to see Kenny Loggins. Hey who doesn’t like Caddy Shack!

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Clayton: Do your homework, be nicer to girls, and find something you love to do and work as hard as you can at it. Now whether the 14 year-old me listens is another question.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Clayton: Just that they check out the new music and come see a show. We’re excited for everyone to hear the new stuff!

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

So make sure to visit Midnight Cinema‘s Social Media sites and stop in and say Hi!  Now that the new EP is out head over to Itunes and download it, it is incredible!! Here is the link for you. Also I hope you make plans to come on out to Cafe Du Nord on the 23rd! Music Junkie Press will be there and we look forward to the new music.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/MidnightCinemaMusic

Website:     www.midnightcinemaofficial.tumblr.com/

Itunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/midnight-cinema-ep/id666544282

Twitter:    www.twitter.com/MidCinMusic

Music Video: http://youtu.be/qHhOD0YkKMA

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I wanted to tell you about a new band which is more like reacquanting yourself with a long lost friend. Midnight Cinema is composed of members of  the highly successful band, Thriving Ivory. It is not as much a reincarnation but more of an evolution of their creative talents.  Clayton Stroope  will have you again, magically transported  as his vocals take you on an emotional journey that truly touches your soul.  Drew Cribley’s melodic guitar playing will heightens your senses and Paul Niedermier brings it all together on drums. Midnight Cinema is truly harmonious symmetry at its finest.

They are currently working on their EP that will be released in July and if you are near San Francisco, you can join us in going to their EP Release show on July 11th.   They have recently shared their first “hit” off the EP titled, “Hurricane”. I say “hit” because it really is incredible and I can see it having a rapid climb on the charts. I love it. Here is the video for “Hurricane”

That song is just so expressively poetic and it just might be my new Go To Song!! We also had a chance to talk with Clayton Stroope and here is that interview:

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Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us how Midnight Cinema got started?

Clayton:  Midnight Cinema was started during a song writing session in 2010 with some of our good friends and co-writers in New York. We had taken a break from touring as Thriving Ivory to do some writing and realized that the new batch of songs were different in a good way. We thought we had something special going on and wanted to move in a new direction. So we decided to think of a new name. That’s the worst part of starting a new band…

* * * *

Music Junkie Press: We have heard “Hurricane” and I will say, totally blown away by this first song! Definitely a great song and has us wanting so much more. Do you have any dates on your debut album of Midnight Cinema?

Clayton: The debut 5 song EP will be released digitally on July 9th! Our first show will be in our home town of San Francisco on July 23rd! Check out the official Midnight Cinema page and website for info!

* * * *

Music Junkie Press: We loved Thriving Ivory and really look forward to your new venture! Where can we get your music and what are your social media sites that we should stay updated on?

Clayton: Check out our official Facebook page and website. All the info about our EP release, upcoming shows and day to day happenings can be found here. Come check us out and say hi!   (All links listed below)

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us when you first started in Music and what was the first song you ever learned how to play in its entirety?

Clayton:  Oh, man that goes way back. I started playing guitar and singing when I was about eight I think. I remember being extremely frustrated because I wanted to play the kind of rock songs my dad played for me and all I could manage to strangle out of the guitar was Mary Had a Little Lamb. But I’m pretty sure that I learned to play “This Land is Your Land” for the talent show…humble beginnings…

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  If we could peak into your Ipods, what artist or song might you think we would be most surprised at finding on there?

Clayton:  Ooooh, you’d probably be surprised to find Brooks and Dunn. I’m a pretty big country fan.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  At Music Junkie Press, we are very strong believers about how music can change your mood, your life, heal your soul and just help you make it through the day. Do you have a personal story you could share where music helped you through a certain situation?

Clayton:  I don’t have one specific example but I can say that music has been a present and strong force in my life since I was a kid. It has always been there for me in the good times, and the bad times. I definitely feel like all music lovers have a special soundtrack that runs alongside the story of their life. The power of music is that it embeds itself in our memory. The life events we go through are attached to the music we were listening to at that time. That’s why I love making music. I have the privilege of being a part of those memories on other peoples’ lives.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  We all have Go To songs that just can lift us or energize us.  What is your Go To song?

Clayton:  Right now it’s “I Love It”, by Icona Pop

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  What was your first concert you ever went to?

Clayton: My parents took me to see Kenny Loggins. Hey who doesn’t like Caddy Shack!

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Clayton: Do your homework, be nicer to girls, and find something you love to do and work as hard as you can at it. Now whether the 14 year-old me listens is another question.

* * * *

Music Junkie Press:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Clayton: Just that they check out the new music and come see a show. We’re excited for everyone to hear the new stuff!

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

So make sure to visit Midnight Cinema‘s Social Media sites and stop in and say Hi! Also I hope you make plans to come on out to the Bottom of the Hill in July for their show on the 11th! Music Junkie Press will be there and we look forward to the new music.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/MidnightCinemaMusic

Website:     www.midnightcinemaofficial.tumblr.com/

Twitter:    www.twitter.com/MidCinMusic

Music Video: http://youtu.be/qHhOD0YkKMA

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