Monday, October 7, 2013

L.A. duo Midnight Faces explains origin of “saved by the bell” in eerie new music video, streaming now via MTV Hive.

Clip for title track from band’s “Fornication” debut album features its epic synth-driven melodies, soaring vocals.


Midnight Faces (L-R): Philip Stancil, Matthew Warn. Photo Credit: Alexandra Warn.



Grab and repost the latest Midnight Faces single and video “Fornication” now



Listen to Midnight Faces

“Holding On” via Under The Radar
“Holding On” via My Old Kentucky Blog
“Holding On” via MTV Buzzworthy
“Feel This Way” via Baeble Music
“Feel This Way” remix via Earmilk
“Fornication” via


 See the video for “Fornication” by Midnight Faces courtesy of MTV Hive

Midnight Faces is the L.A.-based (recently relocated from D.C.) duo comprised of multi-instrumentalist Matthew Warn née Matthew Doty (best known as co-founder of post-rock instrumental pioneers Saxon Shore with Josh Tillman of Father John Misty) and vocalist Philip Stancil.  The pair makes an epic noise on the title track from their debut album Fornication, out now.

“I wanted to paint a picture of despair, so I headed to the dark side for this song,” says Stancil of his soaring vocals on the album’s title tune, which is also the soundtrack to the band’s first music video.  Directed by Stephen Venezia and Dan Giraldo for Nimblefox Productions, the clip is set in the late 1800s, a time in early America when people were personally responsible for burying their own kin.

It is this tradition, as depicted in the video, which evoked the saying “saved by the bell.” Families would create a safety coffin in which one would attach a bell above ground and leave a string in the deceased’s hands below. If the presumed dead were to be mistakenly buried (which was common at the time) this method would ensure that the “dead” would be able to call for help.  The video for “Fornication” was shot on location Woodstock, New York in August, 2013.

Warn first began making music with childhood friend Jonny Pierce (of The Drums) when they both were barely into their teens, and later went on to co-found Saxon Shore, releasing three EPs, along with two full-length albums produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips.)

“I had been writing new music during Saxon Shore’s hiatus, with no idea as to where the songs would end up,” says Warn. He soon asked future Midnight Faces bandmate Stancil to take a shot at adding vocals to a couple of his new tunes.  “That’s when things started to fall into place,” Warn explains. “Our influences seemed so different, but that’s what makes us unique. It’s like Tom Petty fronting The Cure.”

Midnight Faces completed the Fornication album in Los Angeles with producer Jason Martin (The Drums, Cold War Kids, Starflyer 59).  The album has already received attention from music discovery sites such as MTV Buzzworthy, Earmilk, Under The Radar, My Old Kentucky Blog, Baeble Music and more.
Members of Midnight Faces are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Midnight Faces
(Broken Factory, Out Now)

Track Listing:

01. Fornication (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Crowded Halls
03. Holding On (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
04. Feel This Way (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | REMIX)
05. Give In Give Out
06. Kingdom Come
07. Now I’m Done
08. Identity
09. Turn Back
10. Heartless


Midnight Faces Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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