I'm a fan, you guys get my vote... and I love the quirky lull around 1m 11s. But it does make it trickier for radio obviously. I guess I'd suggest you think of this one as an EP track, and do something that's more radio-friendly for your next release if your plan is world domination...
Reverb-laden electric guitar twang kicks off the latest offering from Midcity, the sultry "Slugger." Channeling their heavily Arctic Monkeys-infused brand of indie rock, the band keeps the musical arrangement loose and fluid, changing dynamics at the drop of a dime. The guitar work is more angular that much of Midcity's work thus far, suggesting a hint of mid-2000's Bloc Party influence. Echoes of feedback roar through the guitar solo, an otherwise tight-knit instrumental passage executed with the upmost precision. Clocking in at just under four minutes, "Slugger" doesn't overstay it's welcome in the least, but rather leaving us begging for more.
After the opening acoustic arpeggio, the song changes quickly its tone, moving towards a heavier sound that we could define as the intersection between different influences: 90s alt-rock of course but also something that comes from 00s' post-punk revival (especially in the first part of the track). Slugger sounds dirtier than Honed , the song you previously submitted to me, and it insists more on reverb-laden guitars and cheeky attitude. I genuinely like that. I don't if it's your best track though. I stay with Honed, but it's just a matter of personal taste. Keep me posted about your next stuff ok? You can get in touch here: email@example.com I'll tweet the song. Thank you for the submission.
Despite your young age, I've to say that your music sounds very mature, almost like a well-established band. And I can hear the melting pot of various influences, which is definitely a good thing. I'm just guessing, but you're probably voracious music listeners and this aspect of your personalities is reflected in you musical output. I've also dug a bit into your other songs on Soundcloud and I'd say that your infatuation for Nineties alt-rock is clear. Those guitars are heavy and more marked than 'Honed'. But still, vocals bring me back to Turner and his AM, from which you've taken more than you can think. About Honed, I love when, around 1:09 (and then repeated at 2:15) those synth effect come in and disrupt a bit the set pattern. It means that you've ideas and a vision, and you're not just copycats. I would experiment more that way if I were you. Having said that your project is intriguing, my biggest advice now is to start looking around for a good publicist, someone who can bring your music to the right ears. Sometimes having good songs uploaded on Soundcloud it's not enough. I'll share this tune on our social pages. Feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime you want. Thanks for the submission.
Loving your vibe! It has a laid back Arctic Monkeys vibe to it! For starters the track has a dirty, gritty brit rock sound which I love and the vocals are spot on. I had to like you on FB just after listening to the first 60 secs! Good job gents!!
Hi, This is an impressive effort given how young the band are - and playing together for 2 years isn't really that long either! I liked the initial sinuous groove to this and the menacing vibe is good too, but I also felt that the space in it was at time a little too spacious, so momentum was lost a bit, and the heavier sections maybe not dynamic enough - i.e. I'd prefer the hear the unit play as one rather than pedals be fuzzed on. Like I say, minor criticisms really as there's plenty of promise to build on here.
Like this, and like that you've uploaded it to AmazingTunes.com today. It's a piece of moody, snarling guitar rock pop with a hard dreamy arty stance that somehow combines Libertines with Morrissey via Interpol. I'm going to recommend it to our record label A&R guys as something to consider.
Good song. It continues the trend of solid alt rock music coming out of the UK. The darker tone from the start draws the listener in. It does amaze me that you guys are only 17. The bridge changes the song nicely but may be a little too long in my opinion. Overall impressive and looking forward to more.
On Midcity's latest offering, "Honed", the band unleash some seriously Arctic Monkeys-inspired riffage upon the universe, slaying a sea of disbelievers in the process. Equal parts shit-tight rhythm section, witty and on-point lyrics, and some of the crunchiest guitar riffs this side of the Queens of the Stone Age discography, Midcity remind their listeners that they mean business. The guitar solo that serves as the song's outro is menacing beyond words, and leaves their fans scrambling for more. With any luck they won't be waiting long!
First impressions: I was instantly reminded of Nirvana from the guitar sound and low humming bass. Once the voice comes in it's of course a different story, but nevertheless the vocal fits the song perfectly, especially when you guys put that chorus-like effect over it in, well, the chorus! Simplistic guitar melodies in the breaks are also the way to go for this kind of track, as it doesn't disrupt the large amount of noise underneath it, so well done for recognising that. The verse almost makes the transition into the chorus seamlessly, but there's just the right amount of disruption there to keep in line with the rest of the track. The calm part at the end could be cut of for a radio edit or something, as it seems to slip away from the rest of the song, but could easily fit in on an album version or as an interlude somewhere. Liked the track - keep up the good work guys!
Hello lads, Thanks for submitting this. I know the Amazing Radio has played your song on air, congratulations! I'm glad you've sent this to me now too, as I head licensing for sync for Amazing. This song doesn't shout out sync to me due to the production not quite being up to scratch, just needs a bit of polish and compression to make it TV broadcast-friendly... please do send me the next one you do. Really love the ending, the way it goes into a zone that's different to the main part of the track. Really strong debut track, looking forward to the next recording you make. Cheers! Ysanne
Quality song with great energy. The mix is a little sloppy but understandably for a garage demo. I would be excited to see what a deeper bass mix and a pro studio could do for the track. Keep pushing forward, you seem to have the drive.
Many thanks for sending this over to me. I like this - it starts with plenty of energy but does feel a little one paced from about three quarters of the way through. I don't think this is the fault of the drums, which demonstrate plenty of punch and beef - it may be more of a result of the repetitive guitar parts. Maybe a slightly heavier writing edit and, if anything, a looser performance would also keep things fresher within this style, as would underlining the dynamic range more. I can see the point of the outro, but it doesn't add to the song for me. Best of luck with it!
Huzzah this is a really great hott heavy metal song. It has all the elements to make it a hit standard. The intro, hook/solo are all the right length to make this a really interesting work, that the average metal fan should love with the freshness it brings to the hard rock world. Now we are a #BadAss music Network that stretches globally and just got powered on a new platform, where your guys can come on up into our state of the art Live Video/Interview/Chat area and really get exposure, especially in the US and abroad. Make sure to hit me up, I'm Black Caesar and on twitter find me at @bcXog and we'll make that happen ASAP. Just what the doctor ordered.
Midcity channel the best parts of '90s alternative on "Needles", while at the same time paying a nod to bands like Muse in the verses of this song. The song opens with a completely unhinged drum fill, and ultimately sustains this raw, gritty quality for the better part of four minutes. While the studio production is admittedly too slick for a band that clearly draws its influences from the golden age of grunge, the end result is nonetheless an absolute rocker, completely with a gentle acoustic outro to remind the listener that Midcity do indeed have a sensitive side. Expect big things from this band, as the world eagerly awaits the impending return of rock music to the mainstream.
It's good. You are in a crowded field so you need to work on defining a unique sound and building an audience. You are not there yet but you seem to have all the necessary elements. I would love to follow your progress.
Hi midcityband, this is a solid effort and performance in the heavy metal/hardcore rock genre. Kick-ass it is!! This is not a genre/sound that is part of our focus -- in my experience heavy metal/hardcore fans are a specific niche who need to be addressed directly and specifically. But happy to show support for it on SM. I read everything you note re your current marketing, recording and performing, and think that is all right on, keep on. When I next come across someone who has connections in this niche, will pass along! Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!