@louelladeville_ @planetmosh review of These days by @MidnightMob101 a special limited edition CD released via @stprecords
New York based Rock ‘n Roll band Midnight Mob formed in February 2009. Fronted by Blackey Deahtproof they have two album releases under their belt. A self titled EP and Black Moon Rising. These Days is a limited edition album released via STP Records in the UK, earlier this year, to get the band some coverage over here.
Citing amongst their influences bands such as GNR, Danzig,Cheap Trick, Social Distortion, Motorhead and T- Rex. Midnight Mob have a powerful sound with Blackey’s vocals reminding me of a cross between Debbie Harry and Pink. These Days opens with the track Overdrive which has a 30 Seconds to Mars meets Motorhead feel to it. Starting with a 30 Seconds to Mars type intro then going into something with the speed and impact of Motorhead say Iron Fist. Great rhythm and riffs and some machine gun fast drumming. A great opening, the album continued in the same vein.
I picked up lots of different flavours in These Days so I’ll give you a bit of a taster as to what to expect from Midnight Mob. All For Nothing reminded me initially of You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins but with Debbie Harry style vocals. Be Mine has a Dr Feelgood’s Milk and Alcohol vibe. Black Moon Rising the longest track on the album at over seven minutes long has an Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet feel to it. My Undead Darling “You Still Haunt Me” opened with some super fast riffage and a drumbeat reminiscent of Running Free by Iron Maiden with a bit of Bullets and Octane thrown in towards the end, with the La La La Da Da Das being similar to the Na Na Nas in Pirates.
Highlight tracks, for me, are Overdrive and My Undead Darling “You Still Haunt Me” but All For Nothing and Black Moon Rising also warrant a mention. Overall a good, well produced album from Midnight Mob. Lot’s of different elements in here Punk, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heavy Metal, slower, mellower numbers mixed in with some great high octane tracks. Something to appeal to everyone. They are known for their high energy performances over on the East Coast and it would be good if they were able to bring some of that energy over to the UK. Blackey and Mickey Squeeze have prepared a video interview for us which can be watched here:
2: All For Nothing
3: Hit or Miss
4: Perfect Crime
5: Be Mine
6: Walking Dead
7: Black Moon Rising
8: My Undead Darling “You Still Haunt Me”
9: These Days
10: So Hard
Blackey Deathproof – Vox
Mickey Squeeze- Lead Guitar
Chris Baretto – Drummer
Catastrophe – Drums
STP Records: http://www.stprecords.co.uk/
These Days on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNSuwSh8i1k&noredirect=1