There’s something about the space between days, that brief moment where the world is asleep and imagination runs wild that brings out the best in cinematic alt-rock band Midnight Divide. The Los Angeles based project calls it their “inspiration from the ether”. Seems to be working, considering their debut EP Embrace The Wave reached #149 on the CMJ 200, they placed 2nd at the Hollywood Battle of the Bands, finished their first national tour in Fall 2016, and are releasing their 2nd EP in August 2017.
The new EP entitled Dichotomy is a clear evolution in the band’s sound. Synths and hip/hop production have all taken a bigger seat at the table, with the core still very much rooted in drums and guitars. “We knew that we wanted to mesh electronics and regular instruments” says front man Austen Moret. “…finding the right balance was the key. At our core we’re a rock band, but we didn’t want to be limited to that. Synths are way too fun to ignore.” The EP was written, recorded, produced, and mixed (excluding Fireline and Talking) by Moret. Drums were recorded at WAX Ltd. In Los Angeles, with the rest of tracking taking place at Austen’s Silverside Recording studio.
The band consists of Austen Moret (vocals/guitar), Jace McPartland (bass), Sab Cahrunas (drums), and Dan Beltran (lead guitar), and have been playing together for a little over a year. Interestingly, all members met through the magic of the internet, namely: Craigslist.
Dichotomy is set to release in August of 2017, with the new single ‘Animal Eyes’ preceding it on July 11th. Their debut EP Embrace The Wave is available in all digital stores and in physical copy at shows. The band plays regularly in Los Angeles and surrounding area.