The Midnight Slander

The Midnight Slander

Golden Streets of Paradise, Exotic Fruit Club

Thu · August 24, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Grog Shop

$3.00 - $6.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

The Midnight Slander
The Midnight Slander
The Midnight Slander isn't about pushing boundaries and redefining the industry. Our music starts in the heart. Our goal is to share it with as many people as we can. We didn't know what would happen when we locked ourselves up for a weekend in a studio, or what we would have in our hands when it was all said and done. We ended up with The Open Road EP: honest, memorable, and full of promise. Since that weekend we have grown together, traveled together, and have written and recorded a full length release. Our music brings to light our many influences; from the lyrical storytelling of country, to melodies influenced by pop and rock, to danceable airtight grooves evolving from funk. We've managed to bring together the music, experiences, and stories of three people who only ever wanted to play for anyone who would listen. There road ahead is still a mystery. All we know is that we want our family, friends, and fans to travel it with us. To us it’s important that we don’t pave that road, rather, let the road pave itself.

Who is The Midnight Slander?

Dave Conner is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. Playing a unique Folk/Alt/Rock sound his music is quickly gaining speed in a world where grooving, well thought out melodies and thoughtful lyrics seem left behind. Dave has played solo acoustic shows across states from Ohio to South Carolina and fronted the band "You Are Here" in the Toledo area from 2008 to 2010, "The Rustic Remedy" from 2011 to 2013 and now The Midnight Slander. At his side are Mike Gray on drums, keys, and vocals, Drew Maziasz, who joined the trio in 2015 on lead electric guitar, and Pierson Trimarchi who joined in 2016 on bass and vocals.
Golden Streets of Paradise
Golden Streets of Paradise
Rising from the ashes of the now defunct indie-pop outfit, Brandtson (The Militia Group, Deep Elm Records), Cleveland's Golden Streets Of Paradise expand on their previous band's sound with a darker, more sonically diverse vibe. One can hear traces of U2, New Order, and Killing Joke, but the way in which they act on those influences is truly unique. For a duo, their sound is incredibly big, both on tape and on stage. Drummer/programmer Adam Boose fills in the gaps with touches of synths and ambient soundscapes that give the songs added layers of texture. Singer Myk Porter's voice floats perfectly in the mix, washing over the waves of warm fuzz emanating from his distorted guitar. His lyrics are achingly raw, striking a nerve with a penchant for the blue. But at the same time, the honesty his words exude also offers steady glimmers of hope.

They exercised all these traits to great success on their 2014 debut EP, "The Sun Is Everything," which was recorded and mixed by Hunter Davidsohn (Frankie Cosmos, Porches) at Business District Recording in New York. It received rave reviews from publications like Scene, Midwest Action, and Cellar Door Cleveland, the latter of which dubbed it "the best rock record to come out of the 216 in years." For their forthcoming full-length, the band has again teamed up with the best in the biz. The record was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Rae DiLeo, whose impressive resume includes bands like Filter and Henry Rollins. The high production values add a shine to their songs, drawing out their pop sensibilities. Tracks like "Sugar" and "Monsters" are certainly dark and edgy, but they're also incredibly catchy.

Golden Streets of Paradise have found a comfortable balance between accessible and experimental. While the indie-rock world is sometimes rigid and firm in its boundaries, the duo's divergent electronic tinkering and subtle industrial influences make them a refreshing addition to the scene.
Exotic Fruit Club
Exotic Fruit Club
Local Cleveland band, check out our EP on Youtube or Soundcloud! We'll post our upcoming performances as well as sneak peaks of new songs! Join the Club!
Venue Information:
The Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Cleveland, OH, 44106
http://grogshop.gs/