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Midnight Empire / Press

“To whom it may concern:   As talent buyer for Rock USA in Oshkosh WI, I had the extreme pleasure to work with Kevin Huckabee and the Rock & Roll band Midnight Empire.  Midnight Empire played our Mainstage on Friday, July 19, 2013 and one of our beer tents on Saturday, July 20, 2013.  The band played mostly originals and a few covers and totally rocked the house!  Not only was Midnight Empire one of the best up and coming Rock & Roll bands that I’ve worked with, they were totally professional on and off the stage.  I would strongly recommend Midnight Empire to any talent buyer at any venue.   Best,   Tom Guenther Thomas A. Guenther, Sr. Starshow Presents, Inc. Country USA and Rock USA”

Tom Guenther - Rock USA

“When “Can’t Get Enough” arrived toward the end of the 40-minute set, Henderson was feasting off Struck’s guitar licks, Cook’s drum assaults and Reynolds’ bass thumps. They were all as one. That’s the groove, baby.”

“Conceived as a sort of snotty bastard offspring of AC/DC and Guns N Roses, Midnight Empire are a hard-rocking bunch of lads from Dallas, Texas. Like GNR, Midnight Empire have got a look, a sound, and an attitude. The band has already made waves locally and nationally, having landed more than a dozen television licensing deals for their songs and garnered airplay on stations across the country. We were definitely impressed with Midnight Empire’s hard-driving rock sound, and we think you will be to when you check out this live clip of the band making their television debut on Oklahoma Live. Stay tuned for big things from this band, including an expanded feature here on Guitar Shop TV.”

“Conceived as some kind of snotty bastard offspring of AC/DC and Guns N Roses, Midnight Empire are a hard-rocking bunch of lads from Dallas, Texas. Like GNR, Midnight Empire have got a look, a sound, and an attitude. The band has already made waves locally and nationally, having landed more than a dozen television licensing deals for their songs and garnered airplay on stations across the country. We were definitely impressed with Midnight Empire’s hard-driving rock sound, and we think you will be to when you check out this live clip of the band making their television debut on Oklahoma Live.”

“Although the musicianship is excellent, it may be Henderson’s vocals that set Midnight Empire apart. “The Dallas Morning News compared Jacob’s voice to Axl Rose,” Huckabee says. Others have mentioned Bon Scott and Robert Plant. All good company to be in, but Huckabees looks at it differently. “He has his own voice, very identifiable. When you hear one of our songs at a random store or on TV, people immediately know who it is.”

“How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there? Art: We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. That’s it. That’s why we’re different. We’re a fucking rock ‘n’ roll band. We write our own songs, you can hum every goddam part of it, you can sing every chorus, there’s a riff, there’s a groove, you can tell when there’s a section change, and it ain’t fucking indie, it’s not indie alternative, it’s not electronic, it’s not anything other than rock ‘n’ fucking roll. That’s what makes us different. Jacob: The reason we are who we are is because we grew up listening to some of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands and for the last ten or so years it’s been spotty on rock ‘n’ roll. And just this indie pop bullshit or whatever it just doesn’t drive me home. I don’t get off work from having a long hard day and turn on the radio to some puss puss bullshit. I want to hear some driving rock ‘n’ roll that really kick starts my life again”

“Texas' Midnight Empire is another good reason to thank the Lord above that classic American hard rock is still alive and relevant. Their debut disc Everything and Nothing is no muss, no fuss, straight up rock. Midnight Empire: which way's the camera? You'll hear some significant influences here, like GnR, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, but also enough modern sensibility like Alter Bridge. The power trio puts emphasis on strong vocals, impressive guitar licks, and a steady, vigorous, rhythm section. They mix melody with groove and rock gusto, and sometimes you'll hear some a blues undercurrent as on Two Against One or Under the Table. The effective wild card here is vocals of Jacob Henderson. Midnight Empire's Everything and Nothing is a strong and entertaining effort from an immensely talented and promising band. Quite recommended.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen women moshing. It’s always men doing the circling and slamming, egged on by hard rockers cranking onstage. Dallas’ Midnight Empire changed that. At the foot of the stage, a handful of ladies were getting into the shove-and-shuffle. This concert was 75 minutes of pure rock ’n’ roll delivered with feverish energy. It was early Sunday morning, a half-hour past midnight, when Midnight Empire blazed onto the Boiler Room platform. The crowd was compact, but rabid. The electricity flowing between band and audience was palpable. Barely a year since its formation, Midnight Empire sounded as tight as veteran rockers. Lead singer Jacob Henderson, guitarist Art Struck, bassist Chad McClintock and drummer Matthew Cook are well-oiled. There were no stops and starts, no sloppiness and certainly no fear. ”

“With a huge sound, smooth grooves and a high energy punch, Midnight Empire sets their path to make it big on a grand scale. With their recent debut release, "Everything and Nothing", recorded at Crystal Clear Studios, ME is gigging around DFW to prove they have what it takes to be noticed in this town. The band recently received local radio airplay & press from DFW rock station, The Eagle 97.1, which quite frankly is not easy to achieve in Big 'D'. The press continues as the Dallas Morning News will include a full spread set to run Thursday, February 23rd. Having seen Midnight Empire perform live at the War Of Rock event last October, I can honestly say this band has potential The tightness, high energy they poured throughout their showcase was what I would call a REAL Rock and Roll experience! Catch Midnight Empire Live: March 3rd at Hailey's in Denton, tentatively March 24th at The Prophet Bar, and April 7th at The Boiler Room.”

“Qualifying adjectives are unnecessary: Midnight Empire makes rock music. It isn’t alternative, thrash, indie, punk, pop, electronic or metal. It’s rock ’n’ roll, pure and simple. The Dallas-based band finds creative inspiration in Guns N’ Roses (circa 1987’s Appetite for Destruction ), ’70s-era Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and early Van Halen. Midnight Empire’s core members — Jacob Henderson on lead vocals, Art Struck on guitar and Matt Cook on drums — craft groove-heavy tunes with enough fiery rock swagger to set the stage ablaze.”

“Despite a big rock sound that often harkens back to an era that predates grunge and alternative rock, they have a modern tenacity that's hard to ignore.”

“Take a little soulful swagger from Led Zeppelin, a bit of the psychedelic angst of Oasis and a smidgen of the dark intensity of Stone Temple Pilots and you come up with Dallas' Midnight Empire.”