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AfterMidnight / Press

““Musical influences aside, a lot of influence of the song writing comes from life experiences,” Karimi said. “Whether they’re good or bad experiences, we always tend to find the positive in it – the Hope & Love in it all.” With lyrics written by Karimi, AfterMidnight’s self-titled EP “AfterMidnight” is upbeat, light and very vocal. The group released their second, four-song EP “Luminous” in November 2013. The album is deeper, described by Karimi as love songs with more themes mixed in...Unlike their first EP, the creativity behind “Luminous” was a collaborative effort by the band. Karimi said writing together helped the band grow closer, working together to come up with the finished product.”

“An emotional and reflective sound is what Oklahoma band AfterMidnight delivers to listeners’ ears. Lyrics filled with hopeful depth about life and love layer over strong instrumentals to produce music reminiscent of John Mayer, Neon Trees, The Lumineers and One Republic.”

“What is the best part about your band and why? “I’d say the best part about our band is how we aren’t just four guys together in it to just play music – we’re all friends and when one hurts, or goes through a hard time, we’re there for him. I think because of that, we’ve become closer. We’re really open with each other too. If we think someone’s doing something stupid in their day-to-day, we say something – sometimes not always nicely. Or, if someone is playing something that one of us doesn’t like, we’re not afraid to say that it sucks. I’m probably the one who is learning the most to not take it personally…we’ve come a long way [with respect to that].” What makes your band unique from the rest? “Being unique in a world full of countless bands is hard to do. I think we all have Someone in us individually that wants to be let out, and when we let Him out we get to really shine with the unique characteristics we have inside of us...I guess we all have ”

“When making an album, which aspect of the process do you put the most time into and why? “I think we treat all aspects of it with equal importance. We’ve found that we don’t like it when it comes ‘easily.’ It all takes time, and I see the song writing, production, rehearsing, album art and all the work that goes into an album as one big piece of art, or one big song. We try not to rush it because we don’t want to overlook things…we want things to sound how we hear them in our heads. Sometimes we get into the studio and think the song is done and we end up re-writing a chorus. We actually did this with “The Rope,” one of the songs on our latest EP.It just didn’t seem to hold it’s own for the song it was. It was already a quite different song than the others, but thankfully we had a good guy on the production side of it to challenge us even more, when we could have just said ‘keep it that way.’ Bottom line, we’d say that if it comes too easy than we don’t al”

“...Walls of big, chiming guitars and huge choruses bounce off of each other, painting sonic pictures and drawing from all corners for inspiration. Elements of Mutemath, U2, and even Switchfoot are all apparent, but there’s even more bubbling underneath the surface: there’s a hint of the heaviness of Zeppelin and Thrice in the background, mixed with the melodic sense of more pop oriented writers like Dave Matthews and John Mayer. More than anything, though, Aftermidight is succeeding at creating a dynamic sonic tapestry that gets in your head and doesn’t let go. The fact that the group is so unabashedly reaching for a big, expansive sound and isn’t afraid to sound vaguely commercial is a breath of fresh air after a few years of almost rebelliously lo-fi or outside the box indie-rock releases. Perhaps it can be marked up to youth and the excitement the process still brings—or perhaps we’ve finally got a young band that’s not afraid to think big from the start...”

“The band has already evolved dramatically since it first came together in 2011 and made its live debut that fateful New Year's Eve. The band released a self-titled debut EP in April of last year that gained some airplay on Z104.5, The Edge's Homegroan show and started playing shows occasionally at The Vanguard and The Yeti, slowly building its audience. By November, the group had a new single, "Scales," which was a better indicator of where it was headed, reflecting influences and hints of U2 and Mutemath and a more aggressive and driving sound than the more acoustically textured debut. Now, the band is returning with a proper follow-up, The Luminous EP, which builds upon the direction that "Scales" indicated. "This is a lot different than what we put out a year and a half ago," Karimi shared when discussing the new disc. "It's changed a lot because we have a new bass player, but not many people have heard of us and are just finding out about us now."”

"...I think music and 'truth' should be as accessible as possible, and if red tape is keeping it from happening then it needs to be cut." - From The Abstract Aimee Radio Show Interview

“Another band that deserves some attention is Aftermidnight. With its sophomore effort, The Luminous EP, due for release in November (a release party is scheduled for Nov. 8 at The Vanguard), this young quartet is focused squarely on the indie-rock demo. A relatively young band that just started playing last year, there's a ton of potential here in a band that casts a wide sonic net. Trying to summarize the band in one tidy package isn't easy to do. The band obviously draws inspiration from a variety of bands, and you can hear elements of U2, Mutemath, The Police and Switchfoot in the mix...it's hard not to draw comparisons to Lovedrug and Copeland as well. This is some impressive stuff: big, anthemic rockers that show a young band finding its chemistry and feeding off of an internal energy. The band impressed at Center of the Universe, and while The Luminous EP is an impressive sophomore effort, it also sets a standard to expect much more from the band in the future..."”

“The Brady District's redevelopment was a draw for Tulsa-based alternative rock band AfterMidnight, which performed at Mason's Bar early Saturday. Lead singer Ashkan Karimi, 27, said the festival is a boost for Tulsa's economy and shows attendants the city's diverse music scene. "It seems like a lot more doors are opening for local artists that are trying to get their name known a little more," he said. "(The festival) promotes a community spirit. I've heard people calling Tulsa a smaller Portland (Ore.)" Ben Blount, AfterMidnight's drummer, said he was impressed with the area's quick growth and has enjoyed seeing other local bands perform. "We may not have super awesome attractions or pro sports teams here in Tulsa, but we have people doing awesome things, especially here in the Brady District," he said.”

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