MDNGHT SET TO RELEASE PRISTINE LATE-SUMMER SINGLE “BREEZE”

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IMPACT DATE: 13th October 2014
LABEL: MUK Records

 

MDNGHT‘s star keeps rising at a dizzy pace. Having played to an excited crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend – getting them to their feet and partying to their new single Breeze - enthusiastic support then followed from both TIME magazine and The Guardian.

Breeze is MDNGHT at their lithe best, melding contemporary dance and shimmering house with a glossy, sweet falsetto: encapsulating the euphoria of a late-summer sunset party – making this single a perfect post-holiday soundtrack.

 

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, recognising MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”

And TIME magazine, who premiered the video, enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian - covering MDNGHT for the third time – praised Breeze‘s joyous pop appeal: “the uplifting chorus… is a brilliant way of making you fling your hands in the air.” 

It’s the perfect follow-up to previous single, Into The Night, which hit the UK Club Chart top ten and was BBC Introducing Single of the Week on both Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

MDNGHT have been played all across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra: Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Gemma Cairney, DJ Target, Sarah Jane Crawford, MistaJam, Trevor Nelson, Dev, Yasmin Evans, Twin B, and Adele Roberts.

Sultry, warm and addictive: this is a song that harnesses warm grooves, house beats and a bright, sunny hook – and MDNGHT will be winning over more new fans via a series of UK-wide late-summer gigs.

Time Out praised MDNGHT’s “obvious chart ambition” and loved their “dreamy, funky house-pop” so much they made their 8th August gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen their East London gig of the week.

MDNGHT are: J (vocals), Will and Ant (guitars) and Lloyd (DJ and percussion). They signed an album deal with Manchester-based MUK Records in late 2012.

See MDNGHT live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
8th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London **TIME OUT’S EAST LONDON GIG OF THE WEEK**
9th August – Thorpe Park, Surrey
23rd August – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
24th August - Pride, Manchester
30th August – Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
13th September – Shrewsbury Fields Festival
11th October – Gorilla, Manchester
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

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THE MINX’S NEW VIDEO DEBUTED ON LOUDER THAN WAR

 

The Minx are rocketing towards the launch of their new single, No Friends, and are clocking up some exceptional supporters of the brilliant power-pop song en route: Gary Crowley, John Kennedy, BBC Introducing – and repeated support from one of the world’s main punk sites: Louder Than War.

A strong supporter of The Minx since they began, Louder Than War have excitedly backed them as “the best new band in Manchester”, and were the perfect place for The Minx to launch their new video.

No Friends‘ video is a tone-perfect accompaniment to this bounciest of punk-pop songs: colourful, irreverent and – most of all – a ton of fun.

The band’s biggest headline show yet, at Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Saturday 23rd August, is set to be yet another sell-out for a band whose fanbase can’t get enough of their boisterous gigs!

TIME.COM PREMIERES MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” VIDEO!

Following strong radio play support from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – and previous formidable online support from Idolator, Popjustice and The Guardian - MDNGHT have another huge feather to squeeze into their cap in the form of an international video exclusive on TIME Magazine‘s website.

Time enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

The video to their previous single, Into The Night, snagged a whopping 140,000 views in the first week – and after TIME’s huge boost, the Breeze video is now also available to watch online via VEVO.

GARY CROWLEY’S IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH THE MINX!

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Gary Crowley has long been a renowned tipper of up-and-coming young bands, and he’s put his full weight behind The Minx, giving them a lengthy and in-depth interview on his Amazing Radio show!


 

Gary loves new single No Friends – or, as he says, “how good is that?!”

The Minx are on the road next week, and you can listen to Gary’s show here!

 

THE MINX PLAYED TWICE IN ONE NIGHT ON BBC INTRODUCING IN MANCHESTER AND GARY CROWLEY ON BBC LONDON!

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As if to prove how infectious the new single from The Minx is, No Friends was played on BBC Manchester’s Introducing show and another play from the wonderful Gary Crowley at BBC  London – on the same night!

 

Both of these influential shows were impressed by No Friends’ punchy power-pop.

Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams from BBC Introducing Manchester raved at length about the song’s liveliness - “The Minx are one of those bands that make you feel really energetic!”; whilst Gary Crowley from BBC London enthused how he “loved” No Friends.

It all bodes well for the Manchester band, who are playing their biggest-ever headline gig at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on Saturday 23rd August.

ANIMAL MUSIC’S “MR. BRIGHTSIDE” COVER GRABBING DJ ATTENTION AND BLOWING UP DANCEFLOORS

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What’s bilingual, bass-heavy and blowing up dancefloors across Europe?

Animal Music, that’s who – and their massive, surprising cover of The Killers‘ classic Mr. Brightside has a big part to play in that …

 

Hugely-respected DJ Eddy Temple-Morris has told the band that Mr. Brightside currently gets the biggest reaction of the night when he DJs!

The band have been getting huge festival crowds jumping all summer: so far Blissfields, Camp Bestival, Woodstock (Poland – see above photo), and Crammerock (Belgium) have all fallen under the spell of Animal Music‘s epic tunes, in-your-face stage show and deft songs.

It’s not just live where they are snagging attention – they’ve appeared on BBC 6 Music, Capital Xtra’s Andrew Wilson, Xfm’s Eddy Temple-Morris, and contributed a two-hour DJ set to Radio 1′s huge R1 Dance Radio event.

Coupling enormous beats, rubberised basslines and an enviable knack for writing unforgettable tunes, Animal Music are ones to watch out for. Actually, you might hear them coming first…

JOHN KENNEDY GIVES THE MINX’S “NO FRIENDS” ITS NATIONAL RADIO DEBUT ON XFM’S X-POSURE!

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The Minx’s devastatingly bouncy new single No Friends, grabbed its national radio debut courtesy of tastemaker extraordinaire John Kennedy on his influential X-Posure show!

The Minx are the power-pop companions to the punky thrash of The Orwells, Palma Violets and Parquet Courts - snuggling up cosily with a shared sense of spirited, anything-goes fun…

The Minx are winning people over the hard way, gigging, recording top pop songs and then doing it all again!

Listen to John’s whole show here

YOU PERFORM XFM SESSION FOR JOHN KENNEDY

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Xfm new music champion John Kennedy loved YOU from the first time he heard their cracking debut single, In Halves.

He has become a true champion of the band – making them the X-posure big One, inviting them to play his club night in London, and to cap it all, he has just asked YOU to perform a live session on his Xfm show!

They didn’t let him down – it’s a cracking session – and the band even picked some tunes for John’s playlist live on the air!

Listen to the show here!

HEYROCCO GET THEIR BBC RADIO 1 DEBUT ON HUW STEPHENS’ SHOW – PLUS NME FEATURE!

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Huw Stephens is a huge supporter of emerging talent, and has a keen eye for bands who’ll go far – so it’s another feather in HEYROCCO’s cap to have their new song Melt featured on his Radio 1 show.

As always, it’s a great show and you can hear the whole thing here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bmrb9

The NME have also pricked up their ears at HEYROCCO, noting their ‘angst-ridden grunge’ in the band’s Radar feature.

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BIRD TO BEAST TO HEADLINE BBC’S “ROCK THE DOCK” AT MEDIA CITY, SALFORD

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Bird To Beast have rightly built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act, as their whistle-stop tour around the UK this summer has proven.

They’ve been asked to alight on the 31st July at Salford’s Media City – home of the BBC – by BBC 6 Music DJ and long-term supporter, Chris Hawkins. 

And, armed with a raft of wildly addictive, quirky folk-pop tunes and a captivating stage presence, they’re sure to win over the crowd of media professionals and music-loving public alike!

Praise for Bird To Beast:

“Elephant – we’ve been playing a lot and enjoying!” - Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” - STEVE LAMACQ, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!” - Elizabeth Alker, BBC RADIO6 MUSIC
“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture”- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS