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The Midnight Mafia story starts in 2004 when singer-songwriter Rob Mager first met bassist Michael Hunt at a Casual Saints gig in central Manchester. The pair soon became good friends sharing a mutual passion for trainers, indie and Manchester United.
In the years that followed it became apparent that the lads both had some unfinished business where playing music was concerned and in March 2008, the concept of Midnight Mafia was born.
The idea was to tell modern day northern folk stories against a fiercely melodic post-punk backdrop. Choppy guitar riffs, backed up with driving chords patterns, would sit upon a backline tighter than United’s defence. It was a tall order. Band members came and went as the lads stopped at nothing to find the perfect mix.
After several false dawns, drummer Nick Harris, a Factory Records veteran, came in and brought with him huge levels of experience and technical ability. Energetic guitarist Dale Moran also arrived to provide that touch of finesse that had been so lacking before. Now it was ready to take to the studio.
Manchester label Affinity Records had taken a shine to the band and in November 2009 the lads put pen to paper to release an album. Love is Dead was chosen as the debut single and work began on recording a single-worthy version of it. The single was released in June 2010 in front of a packed crowd at Manchester’s Roadhouse. Of the 107 in attendance, 72 had come exclusively for Midnight Mafia. Word was starting to spread.
A minor festival appearance followed and to the lads’ great delight, the single was played to 75,000 at a Manchester United home game. They even let London in on the game by playing to a capacity crowd in a Dalston, E8. It was an impressive debut in the capital.
Fast forward to today and things are looking promising. More releases are imminent as the band goes from strength to strength and they’re definitely one to watch out for in 2012.