Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings

by Kevin Wierzbicki

Midnight Crisis are a post-punk rock band from New York City, a trio featuring singer Marty E, guitarist LASE and drummer Michael Maenza, and they have a sound that is dark but melodic. Opening cut "Take Control," for example, sounds ominous thanks to E's deep voice, but the song is a feral plea (perhaps a dare) to a woman to go ahead and let loose her feminine wiles on a ready-to-go potential lover, delivered with the appropriate urgency that attends such matters. A shout of "get up and dance" leads in "Kiss My Apocalipps" as E channels the sass of Iggy Pop, "(Get Home) Dangerous" is liberally unhinged and recalls fellow New Yorkers D Generation, while "Bloodbath Wine" could easily be mistaken for a lost New York Dolls cut. Every cut on this eight-song offering is strong but "Sister Vicodin" is the record's clear stand-out. The song drips with the love/loathing that comes with drug addiction, and with its killer sing-along chorus many will find it the perfect anthem for the opioid-addled times in which we live, no matter which side of addiction they stand on. Heart Beatings is one of those albums that makes you want to see the band live; no doubt Midnight Crisis are quite adept at blowing the roof off the place. Get it here

Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings

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