Live review: The Midnight

Kayleigh Fraser reviews The Midnight in Glasgow....

Kayleigh Fraser
23rd May 2022
Credit: Kayleigh Fraser
Following up from my article introducing The Midnight, I made the 300 mile round trip to watch my favourite band. It was absolutely worth it.

LA duo Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan graced Glasgow's SWG3 warehouse on the 9th May for their second last stop on their UK and Europe tour. The band, which was established in 2012, came to the UK hot on the heels of their latest single release 'Change your heart or die'.

The venue was ambient and spacey. Set in the edgy SWG3 warehouse, high ceilings combined with soft pink and blue lighting made the venue the ultimate Midnight haven.

Opening the band was GOOSE, a Belgian rock group who filled the room with energy. Being a huge fan of The Midnight, I know their vibe inside out. Compared to their last UK/Europe tour, opened by Violet Days, GOOSE was an odd choice. As a lead up to The Midnight they seemed too far off the vibe and wasn't really my taste. Regardless, I appreciated their enthusiasm and they were truly happy to be on tour.

After that, the band made their appearance just after nine o'clock. Opening with Neon Medusa from the 2021 Horror Show EP, they chose an absolute firework of a song to start the show. One thing I love about The Midnight is their use of the guitar and saxophone. This meant the guitar solo in Neon Medusa gave me goosebumps.

The rest of the setlist was expertly chosen, showing off the band at the best. From the 2016 Album Endless Summer to 2020's Monsters, the show felt like their greatest hits of all time rather than just performing a set of songs they'd recently released.

Going between more toned down songs like Lost Boy and The Years, The Midnight sent the crowd wild with fan favourites Vampires and Jason. Vampires, being my favourite song of all time, was absolutely my highlight. I've said to friends and family after the show that I didn't realise how many more layers Vampires as a song could have. On the saxophone, Justin Klunk took tracks (particularly Vampires), up to levels I couldn't even imagine.

This is what the band does extremely well. Songs of theirs are transformed to new levels when you hear them live. It's not the same thing you could easily listen to on Spotify; their shows are an ethereal experience.

Also fronting the band alongside vocalist Tyler Lyle was musician Lelia Broussard. Although she was mainly on guitar, Lelia often added vocals to some of the setlist. Taking the lead on fan favourite 'Jason', I really enjoyed Lelia's performance and hope to see her again on tour with The Midnight again in the future.

Overall, the night was a fantastic success. Closing on their most popular song 'Sunset', the band held the audience in the palm of their hand. Whilst some members of the charts have dabbled in 80's synth wave, The Midnight never fail to prove they are at the top of the game.

I'm hoping that this year fans recieve a new album from the band. And, god willing, the announcement of a 2023 European tour. Till next time, The Midnight.

5*'s out of 5.

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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
Campus Comment Sub Editor for 2021/22 and Head of News at NSR. English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, bath and body works and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee, guinea pigs, my dog and binging The Simpsons.

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