The Midnight

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The Midnight
The Midnight live at The Globe Theatre Los Angeles 2017
The Midnight live at The Globe Theatre Los Angeles 2017
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Years active2012–present
LabelsIndependent
Associated actsTyler Lyle, Nikki Flores, FM-84, Timecop1983, Scavenger Hunt, Jesse Molloy, Thomas Edinger, Rupert van E, William Pope, Dr. VE, Jupiter Winter
Websitethemidnightofficial.com
Members
  • Tim Daniel McEwan
  • Jamison Tyler Lyle

The Midnight is a synthwave band composed of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jamison Tyler Lyle and Los Angeles-based Danish-born producer, songwriter, and singer Tim Daniel McEwan.[1]

The band was formed as a result of Lyle and McEwan meeting during a co-writing workshop in 2012 in North Hollywood, CA.[2][3] Inspired in part by the score for Drive, and the retro synth genre growing around its release,[3] the pair wrote two singles, "WeMoveForward" and "Gloria", that would be released two years later in 2014 as part of their debut EP titled Days of Thunder.[4] In 2016, the duo released a 12 track LP, Endless Summer,[5] followed in 2017 with the release of Nocturnal,[6] which spent several weeks as a best seller on the music distribution website Bandcamp and reached number 17 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic charts October 2017.[7] The band went on to perform their second sell-out concert, taking place at the Globe Theatre on Broadway in Los Angeles in November 2017.[8] The band had multiple collaborations with Timecop1983, another retro synth genre producer. One of the collaborations appears on the album Nocturnal, titled "River of Darkness". The other collaboration between them appears on the album Night Drive of Timecop1983, titled "Static".

The band's motto is "mono no aware" (物の哀れ), a Japanese phrase that loosely translates to "a sense of nostalgic wistfulness and the awareness that nothing lasts forever".[9]

In 2019 McEwan appeared in the documentary film The Rise of the Synths, which explored the origins and growth of the synthwave genre. McEwan appeared alongside various other composers from the scene, including John Carpenter, who also starred in and narrated the film.

Discography[edit]

Globe Theatre, November 2017

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[10]
UK
[11]
Endless Summer
  • Released: August 5, 2016
  • Formats: Cassette, digital download, streaming, vinyl
Kids
  • Released: September 21, 2018
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
Monsters
  • Released: July 10, 2020
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
28 85

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Details
The Midnight Remixed 01
  • Released: August 14, 2017
  • Formats: Digital download
The Midnight Remixed 02
  • Released: September 27, 2019
  • Formats: Digital download

EPs[edit]

Title Details
Days of Thunder
  • Released: July 15, 2014
  • Formats: Cassette, digital download, vinyl
Nocturnal
  • Released: October 13, 2017
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download, vinyl
Horror Show
  • Released: October 16, 2020
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, vinyl

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Sunset" 2016 Endless Summer
"Vampires"
"Crystalline" 2017 Nocturnal
"Lost Boy" 2018 Kids
"America 2"
"Arcade Dreams"
"America Online" 2019 Monsters
"Sometimes She Smiles" Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years
"Deep Blue" 2020 Monsters
"Dance with Somebody"
"Prom Night"

Remixes[edit]

Artist Title Release date
Tyler Lyle Lost & Found (The Midnight Remix) March 13, 2016
Drake 0 To 100 (The Midnight Remix) July 2016
Scavenger Hunt Never Enough (The Midnight Remix) November 8, 2016
ARIZONA Oceans Away (The Midnight Remix) February 24, 2017
Clubhouse Kyra (The Midnight Remix) April 10, 2017
Jon Bellion 80's Films (The Midnight Remix) June 25, 2017
The Night Game The Outfield (The Midnight Remix) April 27, 2018
SYML Clean Eyes (The Midnight Remix) February 8, 2019
The Ivy Missing Out (The Midnight Remix) April 21, 2020
Latroit Don't Give Up (The Midnight Remix) September 25, 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Midnight". The Midnight.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33B7uhyY4HY
  3. ^ a b Tausi New VHS Technologist (20 April 2017). "The Midnight Live Stream Video, April 10/2017" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Days of Thunder, by The Midnight". The Midnight.
  5. ^ "Endless Summer, by The Midnight". The Midnight.
  6. ^ "Nocturnal, by The Midnight". The Midnight.
  7. ^ "Reliving the Past with The Midnight: An In-Depth Interview". 12 November 2017.
  8. ^ "FM-84 and The Midnight @ The Globe Theatre - LA Music Blog". lamusicblog.com.
  9. ^ Dexter, Robyn (2019). "The Midnight paint with vibrant sonic colors as they prepare their new LP, tour the world [Interview]". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. July 20, 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  11. ^ "Midnight | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 18, 2020.