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The Midnight Barbers / Press

“And tucked away on the Power Bar Stage it was possible to stumble, every-so-often, onto something just a little bit special. The Midnight Barbers (9/10) were one such hidden gem. Two otherwise unassuming guys with a guitar and a drumkit – drawing the obvious White Stripes analogies – but with the raw energy of Jon Spencer crashing into an early Doors experience. We’d like to suggest they quote us on that in their press kits! ”

“On the Power’s Bar The Midnight Barbers were playing Lo-Fi to its most broken, sporadic and discordant best. Basically, imagine if Two Gallants met Captain Beefheart and decided to form a Death From Above 1979 tribute band. They’ve got great songs, endless enrapturing energy, and the personality that every two-piece needs if they’re going to fill a stage.”

"They tend to treat their shows in the same way that The Libertines did in the hay-days of the 90s; anything could happen and the each song could sound completely different from set to set. These guys are definitely ones to watch, and whilst I recommend that you give them a listen on their facebook or soundcloud, I implore that you go and see them live wherever you can – and with confirmed appearences at both Hop Farm and the Isle of Wight Festival, it won’t be long until they’re in your home town too!" "The Midnight Barbers write songs to cover all basis: a combination of insatiably catchy choruses, case in point “The Damned” and dramatic story telling, the aforementioned “Roxanne”, which got the otherwise timid crowd bopping and bouncing about." "Swiftly setting up and starting were The Midnight Barbers with their energy and enthusiasm almost tangible in the air as they ripped into their set."

“Earlier on I caught The Midnight Barbers’ set…a pretty cool band, with one super stand out track in Roxanne.”

“Meet The Midnight Barbers, a two-piece garage rock outfit hailing from the borough of Essex, as I’ll term it for now. The Barbers play a raw, lo-fi brand of rock and roll but to term them simply as that would be to do them a disservice, incorporating blues, folk and elements of early grunge into a sound that’s easy to move to as well as jump around to. For me though the ‘Barbers’ real strength lies in their live performance, which not only does a handy job of showcasing their ability as musicians, it really for me captures a real energy and love for the noise and the bombast of rock music which is very difficult not to share if you have any love for it. Couple that with some seriously catchy hooks and you’re onto a winner, already building up a fair amount of hype in London where they are primarily based these days, attracting the attention of the likes of John Kennedy of XFM, The Guardian Newspaper and Strummerville.”

"An unassuming duo on a bass and a set of drums took to the living room floor next. It should be obvious by now that it’s always the quiet-looking ones that pull the most surprising performances out of the bag, as we learned from You Won’t at the NY Sofar Sounds event. Surprised indeed, when The Midnight Barbers bust out with a loud, dramatic and energetic performance. They cheated a bit with a PA system, but the uncharacteristically raw, emotive vocals that powered over it, let them straight off the hook. Their lyrics told a convincing story and their passionate performance left a lasting impression with us here at Secret Sound Shop."

"Guys, I've probably mixed well over a thousand bands over the years. That was the most intense live performance I have ever seen. You make Iggy Pop look like a wimp."

"Caught them live a couple of times at Toejam and Panda Power events and felt a crackle of lightening excitement each time. VERY promising."