L.A. duo takes break from recording third LP in less than two years to support Electric Youth across the U.S.
Midnight Faces (L-R): Matt Doty, Phil Stancil. Photo Credit: Greer K. Bratschie.
Midnight Faces – In The Press
“Crisp, synth-lined pop drama.” – SPIN
“They really go for the jugular.” – Noisey
“This record is solid from start to finish.” – Nylon
“Full of air and catchiness.” – The Onion
“Rollicking, danceable pop.” – Wondering Sound
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“Donna” is the brand-new single from Midnight Faces. Listen via Stereogum or at the link below!
“Animal” is the latest music video from The Fire Is Gone by Midnight Faces. See it via Noisey or at the link below!
The hard-working Los Angeles-based duo Midnight Faces has already released two albums in less than two years. Comprised of composer Matt Doty (co-founder of instrumental post-rock pioneers Saxon Shore with Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty) and soaring vocalist Phil Stancil, the prolific band was already back in the studio when a call came.
“We were working on our third album here in Los Angeles when Electric Youth asked us to join them on their North American tour,” says Doty. Knowing they’d be putting their sessions with Aaron Espinoza (Silversun Pickups, Earlimart) on hold to do the dates, Midnight Faces decided to finish up two new tracks and release them now.
“‘Donna’ and ‘Black Majesty’ (the title track of the band’s third record, scheduled for release in 2015) were the best representation of the new album,” Doty says. “They’re still simple and melancholy at the core, but a more danceable melancholy.”
The double A-side single is released digitally today. Listen to “Donna” now via Stereogum and see below for a full Midnight Faces tour itinerary. Then click over to Noisey to check out the Midnight Faces music video for “Animal,” from the band's current album The Fire Is Gone.
Deborah Venegas, director of the stop-motion video for “Animal” says that “By using dolls we had the opportunity to step outside of ourselves and reflect, and also to experience this little relationship in the making of these sets and these imagined memories. Ultimately, I hope that audiences can relate to this experience of heartache and the struggle of love.”
As for the song itself, Stancil explains, “It’s about holding onto something that’s gone. Most people, myself included, seem to convince themselves that somehow things will go back to the way they once were, even after it’s turned to shit. It's really terrible, because everyone around you sees how crazy you're acting over losing something, but you're the last one to come to your senses about it.”
The Fire Is Gone by Midnight Faces is out now via Broken Factory. See the duo on tour throughout the US in November with Electric Youth. Matt Doty and Phil Stancil of Midnight Faces are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Midnight Faces – Fall 2014 Tour
(*= w/ Electric Youth)
11/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
11/04 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
11/06 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
11/07 Victoria, BC @ Victoria Event Centre *
11/08 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret *
11/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11/13 Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
11/14 Philadelphia, PA @ District N9NE *
11/15 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
11/16 Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta
11/18 Toronto, ON @ Hoxton *
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
11/21 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
11/23 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
11/23 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
The Fire Is Gone
(Broken Factory, Out Now)
1. Wake Me
5. This Time (STREAM)
6. Give It Up
7. Animal (VIDEO)
8. The Fire Is Gone
Midnight Faces Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion