Review: Midnight Shine Debut Album
~ Stephanie Deplanque ~
Midnight Shine’s debut album is a melange of alternative and classic rock as well as roots sound that gives you a colorful work. The band, who met only two years ago, managed to click together very quickly and their melodies can be both attractive and appealing.
Singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland’s bewitching vocals and captivating lyrics are in perfect harmony with top quality musicians Zach Tomatuk (acoustic guitar), Stan Louttit (bass and acoustic guitar) and George Gillies (drums).
From Attawapiskat First Nation, Northern Ontario, Sutherland says: “Some of the music is about who I am and where I come from. I’ve always wanted to share some of my background and beliefs through the platform of music. Everybody has a story and I think it’s important for First Nations people to shed positive light on our culture and values.” And indeed, their lyrics can be intensely honest and deep, such is the case in Indian In Disguise, in which Sutherland gives an honest testimony of what it can sometimes feel like to be First Nation today. Or the gripping James Bay with its poetic lyrics. While other songs such as Hopeless Romantic or Small Town Girl are more in the general country/ alternative rock universal themes of being in love.
Midnight Shine self-titled first album compiles a total of nine tracks, all of which are unique. From the rootsy sound of James Bay to the radio-friendly Since You’ve Been Gone or the more country folk Hopeless Romantic, you are sure to find a favorite but will not get bored of listening to the complete album!
All in all, I am hooked!
For more information, check out Midnight Shine official website
As well as soundcloud.com, where you can go listen to some of their tracks before buying their album!
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