Midnite City – Nottingham, Tap N Tumbler – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:40

Three o’clock on a Friday afternoon may seem a bloody stupid time to stage a standalone gig, but when you think about it was a stroke of genius on the part of Midnite City; after all, the third iteration of Rockingham was due to open its doors less than two hours later, the official festival hotel was just across the street and a helluva lot of rockers would be looking for a drink or three beforehand… So, yeah, how could it fail?


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Well, it couldn’t: a full hour and a half before the band were due to officially unveil their debut album, the TNT was already rammed to the doors, with barely room to breathe never mind fight your way through to the bar for a beer, or three! The smell of anticipation was nearly as strong as that of body odour and slowly seeping mascara.


For those who don’t know it, the Tap N Tumbler is one of three rock bars in the heart of Nottingham: but, from a band’s perspective, it’s not ideally laid out as a venue. There is no stage, so the bands perform on the floor – which is actually down two steps from where the majority of the audience stand, thus ensuring that the acts perform at a lower level than those watching them instead of vice versa: maybe it helps to give the artists a sense of perspective!?


Despite the cramped conditions, Midnite City – for those unaware of them, the new project featuring Tigertailz vocalist Rob Wylde and the precociously talented Pete Newdeck – deliver a big arena AOR noise that belies the fact that it is being played in a hot and sweaty side street pub. Playing all but two of the tracks from their self-titled debut album (omitting herself’s favourite track, ‘Losing You’), they are as smooth as silk yet tough as nails, delivering riffs sharper than a guillotine, coupled with glorious vocal harmonies and the sort of melodies many acts in this genre would draw blood to achieve.


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Like the album, it’s beautifully crafted and superbly delivered by a group of musicians well-versed and supremely able in their respective jobs. Wylde is in fine voice, revelling in material that he has been largely responsible for producing rather than having to adapt an admittedly impressive back catalogue to his own style. The result is a terrific start to what turns out – as if we expected it to be anything less – another great weekend of rock ‘n’f’n roll action here in the heart of the Midlands.


'Midnite City' is out now. You can get your copy HERE.




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