Midnight Youth

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Midnight Youth
Midnight Youth.jpg
Background information
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Music
Years active 2006-2013
Labels Warner Music (New Zealand only), Unsigned ROW
Website http://www.midnightyouth.com
Past members Jeremy Redmore
Simon Oscroft
Nick Campbell
Matt Warman
Aidan Bartlett

Midnight Youth were a New Zealand rock band formed in 2006. Their debut album, The Brave Don't Run, was released in 2009 in New Zealand and Australia. The band subsequently toured and played festivals across Australasia, the United States and Asia. Their second and last studio album, World Comes Calling, was released in October 2011.

History[edit]

Early Beginnings[edit]

Midnight Youth came together while at Rangitoto College in Auckland's North Shore with three members of the band playing together in New Zealand's high school Rockquest competition. Jeremy Redmore and Nick Campbell completed the group in mid-2006.

The band released two independent singles, "Supernatural" and "A New Day", in 2007 and played opening slots for Ok Go and Incubus in their Auckland shows.

In 2008 they self-funded a trip to New York to lodge and record with producer Terence Dover. With Hotbed Studios (vocals and bass) as their quarters and home base, Dover recorded them at studios across New York. Skyline Studios(Drums) in Manhattan, GoodleString (Guitars,Drums,Vocals,Bass)in Brooklyn, The Buddy Project (guitars and vocals) in Queens and (Grand Piano) City College's Sonic Arts Center concert hall were all unique recording environments Dover selected for their debut record The Brave Don't Run.

Signing & Debut Album[edit]

After recording the album, the band signed with Warner Music NZ in September 2008 and released their third single, "The Letter", to widespread acclaim across New Zealand. The song became the band's first Top 40 hit in New Zealand in January 2009, eventually peaking at #20 on the NZ singles chart.

Their follow-up single, "All On Our Own", debuted at #18 on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart in March, 2009, and peaked at number six, after twelve weeks on the chart.[1] The song went on to spend nine weeks inside the NZ top 40[2] and beat out international acts to be the most played song on NZ radio for 2009.[3]

The album spawned five singles in New Zealand in total: third single Learning To Fall was released in June 2009, its video filmed in Manhattan, New York, fourth single Cavalry spent seven straight weeks at number one on rock radio in New Zealand while Golden Love gave the band exposure in the United States through a feature on the season finale of One Tree Hill in May 2010.

Midnight Youth's debut album, The Brave Don't Run, was released in New Zealand on 27 April 2009, and peaked at number two on the New Zealand Album Chart. The album was certified platinum in New Zealand in December 2009.

Midnight Youth were nominated for 8 awards in the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards, including Best Album "The Brave Don't Run", Best Single "All On Our Own" and Best Group. The band won the Best Rock Album award, Best Group award and Best Engineer Andrew Buckton.

The band gained a reputation as a top-performing festival act after playing sets at SXSW, Big Day Out, Musexpo, One Movement, Sounds of Spring and Rhythm and Vines.

On 9 September 2011 they performed as the supporting act to Neil and Tim Finn at the opening of the Rugby World Cup waterfront stadium.

Split[edit]

On 6 September 2012 lead singer Jeremy Redmore announced that he had quit the band to pursue a solo career. [4] The band itself has issued no public statements since Redmore's departure but announced they would be playing their last ever show together in early 2013.

Last Show[edit]

On 1 March 2013 the band announced it would play its last-ever show on 2 March at Home Grown via its Facebook page.

Discography[edit]

Midnight Youth discography
Studio albums 2
Music videos 11
EPs 2
Singles 11

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[5]
2009 The Brave Don't Run
  • Released: 24 April 2009
  • Label: Warner Music NZ
  • Catalogue: 5186539152
2
2011 World Comes Calling
  • Released: 24 October 2011
  • Label: Warner Music NZ
  • Catalogue: 5249889172
4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[5]
2009 ZM Live Lounge: Midnight Youth
  • Label: Warner Music NZ
2010 Just for Once
  • Released: 27 September 2010
  • Label: Warner Music NZ
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[5]
2006 "Supernatural" Non-album single
2007 "A New Day" Non-album single
2008 "Supernatural" (Tim Phin & Midnight Youth) Non-album single
"The Letter" 20 The Brave Don't Run
2009 "Learning to Fall"
"Cavalry"
"Golden Love"
2010 "All On Our Own" 6
2011 "Who Said You're Free" World Comes Calling
"World Comes Calling"
2012 "Just For Once" Just For Once EP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Ref.
2006 "Supernatural" Scott Boswell [6]
2007 "A New Day" [7]
2008 "The Letter" Stephen Tolfrey [8]
2009 "All On Our Own" (Version 1) [9]
2009 "Learning To Fall" Guy Quinlan [10][11]
"Cavalry" Michael Humphrey [12][13]
"Golden Love" [14]
2010 "All On Our Own" (Version 2) [15]
2011 "Who Said You're Free" Anthony Plant [16][17]
"World Comes Calling" Michael Humphrey [18][19]
2012 "Just For Once" Tim van Dammen [20][21]

The band[edit]

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rianz.org.nz
  2. ^ http://www.rianz.org.nz
  3. ^ http://www.rianz.org.nz
  4. ^ Bridget Jones (2012-09-07). "Frontman quits Midnight Youth". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "MIDNIGHT YOUTH IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Supernatural - Midnight Youth.mpg". YouTube. certainscenesprod. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "A New Day - Midnight Youth.mpg". YouTube. certainscenesprod. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Letter". NZ On Screen. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Midnight Youth - All On Our Own". YouTube. Midnight Youth. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Midnight Youth “Learning to Fall”". Vimeo. Nice Shoes. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Midnight Youth Album Certified Gold & New Video To Premiere Tonight". Voxy. Fuseworks Media. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Midnight Youth - Cavalry". YouTube. Midnight Youth. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cavalry". Amplifier. Amplifier. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Midnight Youth - Golden Love". YouTube. Warner Music NZ. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Midnight Youth - All On Our Own (April 2010 Version)". YouTube. Warner Music NZ. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Midnight Youth - Who Said You're Free (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Midnight Youth. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Who Said You're Free". Fish n Clips. Fish n Clips. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "MIDNIGHT YOUTH. WORLD COMES CALLING". Nga Taonga Sound & Vision. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Midnight Youth 'World Comes Calling' by Michael Humphrey". Promo News. Promo News. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Midnight Youth - Just For Once". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Midnight Youth - Just For Once". Vimeo. Tim van Dammen. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 

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