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Crash Midnight

Editor’s Note: The folks at Go-DIY Records were kind enough to post a note that TDMB welcomed new music. Several bands have sent me links and samples. My plan is to post the music in the order in which it came in and to present what the band (or its management) wrote — or as much of it as makes sense.

New up is Crash Midnight. Directly below is 151 and at the bottom is Diamond Boulevard.

Rock n’ Roll is back! Born out of a late-night car wreck and formed on the streets of Boston by Shaun Soho (lead vocals), Bo (bass guitar), and Alex Donaldson (lead guitar), CRASH MIDNIGHT has burst onto the music scene with vintage guitar riffs, pounding drums, and searing vocals. A collision of classic 70’s stadium rock with a punk swagger, their trademark sound is packing clubs and turning heads. With their exploding following and high-energy stage show, CRASH MIDNIGHT performs with all the reckless abandon of a runaway freight train and is poised to carry the torch for a whole new generation of Rock n’ Roll.

In 2009, the band inked a deal with Bronx Bridge Entertainment (Fontana/UMG) and has their debut full-length album, “Lost In The City” slated for release this Spring.  With the electrifying Boston guitarist, Todd Friedman, and the incomparable Jim Donaldson on drums rounding out the line-up, the band is set to hit the road and hit it hard so brace yourself for CRASH MIDNIGHT to sideswipe your town with that brand of whiskey-soaked Rock n’ Roll you’ve been waiting for!  Rock n’ Roll is back.

Asked about their direction and early influences, lead singer, Shaun Soho says “we were fed up with a lot of the stuff out on the radio today and wanted to make something that was real, true to what we were doing.”  From all five band members living together in a cramped Boston apartment during the bands formative years where hard partying, destruction, and noise complaints were nightly occurrences, to pouring those experiences in the Boston scene into the band’s material, CRASH MIDNIGHT became an explosive live band on stage achieving local and regional success – “they are full of swagger and songs about real life and partying hard.”(HearNowLive Ent).  “We wear our influences on our sleeves a lot,” says the band, “our sleeves smell a lot like high-proof rum and your girlfriend.”

“The band has been through a lot,” say Bo (bass), “we had to learn everything real fast. There’s a lot of empty promises, people trying to get you to sign this or that and promoters trying to scam you …“ Through relentlessly attacking stages on the Boston music scene with a ferocity typical of their approach to everything from promotion to partying, the band began entrenching themselves on the club circuit and expanding to tours of the East Coast and Mid West.  “It was really something the first few times going out to clubs and seeing complete strangers wearing our band’s t-shirt … There was a point where we were taking duffel bags full of shirts, posters, and CD’s to the post office a couple times a week and mailing them not only all over the country, but the entire world,” says Soho.

While the band’s debut EP “Fresh From Detox” sold out of all 3,500 pressings in 3 months, legal complications side-lined the group from pursuing a full recording deal.  “It ended up working out,” says Soho “we weren’t ready yet, still working out the songs and the sound.”  Over more than a year’s time, CRASH MIDNIGHT concentrated on honing their live show and finalizing their songs, ultimately signing with Chris Brown to Bronx Bridge Entertainment in 2009.

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