KEXP at Trans Musicales: The Midnight Revolution

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03/24/2018
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Today, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session per week, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week’s feature is of The Midnight Revolution.

DJ Morgan says of the band:

The Midnight Revolution, are a fairly new band from St-Malo, which is pretty close to where we are in Rennes, France. The song composer, lyricist, and guitarist, Cyril, moved to St-Malo from Paris just over a year ago and put out an ad online for musician interested in starting a project. He collected quite the talented crew in Gaetan (guitar), Matt (drums), Guillaume (bass), and Lys (vocals, keys). Over the last year, they have been practicing their set extensively and have recorded demo versions of their songs that they put online. From those demos, they were invited to play Trans Musicales and had their first show last month during the Trans pre-fest. Their session with KEXP was their 5th or 6th show, which blew my mind when they told me that. They are all amazingly tight and obviously have a rich background in musicianship. Lys’s story especially interested me because her vocal range and control were so amazing that at several points during the performance, I literally kept saying “WOW” to myself. She has been studying singing since she was 17 years old at the American School of Modern Music in Paris focusing on Jazz and Blues vocals. Using that background to sing over dark, slow-burning dream pop was super unique and original. With Cyril’s songwriting and lyrics matched with Lys’s voice was a great pairing. They currently have an album’s worth of material written and are now turning their attention in the new year to deciding how they want to record their debut record. I’m really looking forward to hearing the finished product.

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