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Midnite Club - 2003 Running Out Of Lies


MIDNITE CLUB - RUNNING OUT OF LIES (2003, ESCAPE MUSIC, ESM 094)
Carsten Schulz - vocals
Stephen Seger - guitars
Andy Keller - bass
Holger Seger - keyboards
Bernd Herrmann - drums


Background
You can slap a CD like this on the platter and at face value, you can usually hear a German sounding hard rock band from a million miles away. I dunno, there's just something that sets them apart. That same theory can be applied to this new project called Midnite Club coming out of the land of BMW and Opel. As the dust settles on the recently departed Demon Drive, we welcome in another contender, this time though, moving into the inner sanctum held by the likes of Frontline and Fair Warning. Now I'll be the first to admit Midnite Club have a wee ways to go to get to that level, but with 'Running Out Of Lies', I don't think they'll be running out of time to reach their ultimate goal. My guess is that it will be sooner rather than later. I suppose the closest comparison would be a band/project like Evidence One, the outfit that Frontline string-bender Robby Boebel was involved with last year. If we remember back then, it was an amalgam of members from other topline German bands. Thats where singer Carsten Schulz steps in, as he was also in Evidence One. For another comparison, throw in a dose of Australia's Ice Tiger, especially where the heavy guitar intersperses with atmospheric keyboards. However, the brains trust behind Midnite Club is guitarist Stephen Seger, formerly with Mr Hate (as was Schulz). Keeping true to 80's styled hard rock is where he's most comfortable at, and Midnite Club has been assembled with that in mind.

The Songs
The lead-off track 'Neon Dreaming' is an intense burst of melodic drama, with a futuristic keyboard backdrop to give it depth. 'Too Close To The Sun' brings us back to reality with a straight-ahead 'rock out' track, followed by the lovely mid-tempo ballad 'Morning Rain'. The acoustic shimmer mixed with the layered keys gives it a rich gloss, perhaps reminscent of those L.A hair-metal bands of the early 90's in their softer moments. To further send the truck off the cliff, the band do an 'interesting' cover of 'Wild Boys', the hit made big by 80's HM band Duran Duran! Sorry that should be new romantic band, but judging by this cover version, if the Duranies played it this close, then you could very well be mistaken for thinking they were HM! The Midnite Ones crank up the energy on the fast-paced 'Snakecharmer', a gritty hard rockin' tune, which is then offset by the rather Frontline flavoured 'Ticket To Silence', though not in the same league to be fair. We return to a heavier sound with 'Heaven Bound', landing somewhere between Von Groove and Roko, particularly those wicked guitar lines. Not bad. The title track 'Running Out Of Lies' is another ode to Frontline, and a much better effort it is too. Very keyboard laden, though they could've done more with what is an ordinary chorus! In fact, Robby Boebel turns up to play on 'Midnite Club' (the song), this time on rhythm guitar. Again, it has all the hallmarks of Frontline, and is probably the pick of the bunch next to 'Morning Rain'. The album closer 'Thoughts Away' is a rock ballad in the making, good in parts (piano lines plus the solo), though the overall delivery does not have that 'play me over and over' stamp of authority unfortunately.

In Summary
According to the MC website, the band were signed on the back of three demos played down the phone line to Escape Music chief Khalil Turk. Surely a unique way of landing of contract? In any case, the state of rock in Germany seems to be in good hands, though admittedly, many of these bands need to garner their own identity to really stand out. Fans of Frontline, and Evidence One may find some mutual ground with Midnite Club, but I'd suggest you have a listen to it first.

Track Time: 51.49

Track Listing
01 Neon Dreaming
02 Too Close To The Sun
03 Morning Rain
04 The Wild Boys
05 Snakecharmer
06 Ticket To Silence
07 Heaven Bound
08 Running Out Of Lies
09 Midnite Club
10 What The Mirror Only Knows
11 Thoughts Away

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#1 | swazi on November 22 2012 23:01:38
I have always liked this release a lot and its follow-up 'Circus of Life' is just as good.
 
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