Los Angeles-based duo The Midnight have been creating dreamy electronic soundscapes for nearly a decade. Over the years, Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan – who created the band back in 2012 – have proven themselves to be pioneers of the synthwave genre. Their sounds and aesthetics are drenched in nostalgia and 80s flare that transports the listener to a past that feels distant yet familiar. Their signature sound features shimmering synths, electric guitar, and saxophone that gleam with retro style and an inescapable wistfulness.
Last Sunday, The Midnight’s current North American tour stopped at the Sessions Music Hall in downtown Eugene, Oregon for a night of synthwave euphoria. It was only the second stop on the tour but the show still ran like a well-oiled machine. Lyle’s voice and electric guitar playing soared while McEwan along with Royce Whittaker, Lelia Broussard, and Jesse Molloy provided drums, keys, synths, guitars, and saxophone that built the colorful world of The Midnight.
The night’s setlist included songs from every one of the band’s projects. From their debut project Days of Thunder – EP to their most recent full-length album Monsters, the band spanned the many eras of their career. The show opened with the spooky and skittering “Neon Medusa” from their most recent EP titled Horror Show, followed by the glistening Monsters single “Deep Blue” which brought the first bombastic saxophone solo of the night.
Songs like “Dance with Somebody” and “Vampires” brought irresistible grooves while “Lost Boy” and “Brooklyn” showed the band’s tender side. The show was a vibrant display of neon nostalgia that perfectly embodied The Midnight. Check out some photos from the Eugene show below and click here to see the rest of their tour dates!