Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Sounds Like: All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Hot Chelle Ray, Cartel, The Summer Set
Since forming in the San Francisco suburbs in late 2011, Minute 2 Midnight has set the stage when they released their debut EP Back to Reality and self-released EP Vice Versa. These songs are marked by unstoppable hookiness and pushing the envelope while others may be playing it safe. Tyler Stimpson, (vocals/guitar), Daniel Alejandrino (guitar/vocals) unify this Bay Area alternative-pop band.
It all began for Tyler and Daniel in elementary school, where they played school talent shows, increased their YouTube fans covering songs with early influences such as Fall Out Boy, We The Kings, The Maine and All Time Low. Fast-forward a couple of years and in 2009, Tyler and Daniel joined Place Your Bet playing Bay Area shows and battled competitions. After being in and out of other bands, Tyler and Daniel formed with good friend Alex Heinzen and later on, Keller O’Rourke. Together they recorded their first release of four songs, Back To Reality at Sound Management Studios in San Jose, California. After promoting at shows and gaining a fan base, Minute 2 Midnight decided to enter the annual Deli Radio Battle of the Bands in Berkeley. After winning first place, the band recorded their single “Take This From Me” with producer Jim Greer (producer of Torches by Foster the People).
A year and a half after Back To Reality, Minute 2 Midnight decided it was time to record and release the new music they have been writing. With past experience in recording and engineering, Minute 2 Midnight decided to self-release and record their latest EP Vice Versa. After recording for a few months, high school ended and Alex left the band to go off to college and Keller decided to leave for another project in which he is the lead singer. This left Tyler and Daniel to lead the band headstrong. With no drawbacks, Tyler and Daniel finished recorded and releasing the EP which came out on February 25, 2014. Vice Versa contains influences from alternative rock to dance and pop music. Experimenting with synthesizers and production techniques for the first time, Minute 2 Midnight created a diverse album keeping their original vibe while refreshing their music with new and unique songs. Minute 2 Midnight continues to play shows and connect with fans worldwide via YouTube and social media everyday.
With Minute 2 Midnight's energy and enthusiasm, they are trying new things and exploring new mixes while retaining their diverse musical approaches.
"This is what we’re supposed to be doing. It's just a part of us," Stimpson says. We’re enjoying every minute and I couldn't ask for a better team of friends to work with.”
“I saw Tyler Stimpson perform with a band called Place Your Bets in late 2009, at a battle of the bands at Slim’s that essentially introduced me to the Bay Area music scene. He was young but proficient, and I could tell he knew his way around a pop song. A quarter of a decade later, Stimpson is frontman of a band called Minute 2 Midnight, writing tunes that aim for the airwaves and, for the most part, would not be out of place there at all. The big star of Minute 2 Midnight’s debut EP Back To Reality is the fantastic “Tell Me,” whose urgent, ridiculously catchy chorus and surprisingly heavy guitars make it one of the best power-pop singles of the year so far by any Bay Area group. The other tunes on Back To Reality are fairly standard pop songs, not insufferable by any means but lacking the catchiness of “Tell Me.” But if they kept writing songs like that first firebomb, this band could expand well beyond the Bay Area music scene, let alone their native San Ramon”
Daniel T. Bromfield - sfrebirth.blogspot.com