Almost Midnight

Almost Midnight

 Aylesbury, England, GBR
BandRockFunk

Do you hate mondays? ever been off on an internet tangent? Memorable melodies, lyrics about life and catchy hooks from this 4 peice from Aylesbury relate to a wide audience. Funky/rocky 70s and 80s beats and basslines, with pop vocals, driven home by Chaz on vocals/bass.

Biography

Almost Midnight play original funk/rock/pop and are based in Aylesbury, Bucks in the UK. Front man Charlie Wood plays Bass, Sings and writes songs about life. The music is catchy and a bit cheeky without being clichéd, there is a great depth to the sound and elements appreciated by all levels of musical connoisseur which comes from the diverse backgrounds of the members. The line up is Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Guitar. this is augmented by a 3 peice horn section and 2nd guitarist for bigger gigs. Influences include Queen, Neville brothers, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, The Police, Paul Simon, Brand New Heavies, Elton John, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Billy Joel, Carpenters.

Charlie Wood - Vocals and Bass
I play music and write songs because something inside me makes me do it and I can't stop. Life ain’t a rehearsal as they say, and I'm just loving making as much music as possible. My main instruments are synth/piano/rhodes/wurli, Bass, Drums, Trumpet. I also play a bit of guitar, Sax, double bass, Irish whistle, Dijeridoo and Yugoslavian foot banjo. My whole family is musical, I've been immersed in it my whole life so I was probably bound to turn out a few tunes at some point. I first showed signs of musical talent when at 3 years old I quite literally bashed out a tune on the piano with a metal soup ladle, breaking the ivory off the keys in the process. My parents turned my attention to the pots and pans, then drums at 6. I learned sensitivity early by playing the drums in amateur pantomimes from 8 and took up the Trumpet at 9. My love affair with the piano developed and I learned to express myself less violently and secretly wrote my first song at 9 (in between parentally motivated classical practice), which I performed in my first band “Chaz and the Dreamers”. We shattered the peace of our quite village every Sunday, rehearsing in the front room. I went on to play in the 11th Hour until my best mate Jack (keyboards) sadly died in a car accident. Life seemed to stop, I found music too hard to do.
I got back on the horse and determined to get out of a rut, wrote new songs and with a respectful nod to the past and sights firmly set on the future put Almost Midnight together. First call was to Felix, a close friend and on the same musical wavelength. We had properly peed the neighbours off with several late night/early morning jams and played together previously in a number of bands and developed a synergy so it was a natural thing. We went through a couple of different guitarists and drummers who could not commit to our busy schedule, before getting together with Ed on drums who I went school with and Dan on guitar. The band has been very well received; we are finalists in the UK music pub of the year’s battle of the bands.
I am also busy in other areas of music including writing music for independent film, sound engineering and running charity gigs. I like to immerse myself in as many creative projects and have as much input into the world of music as I can. Once described by Keith Chegwin as “right good music, and what a lovely sounding bass”, Merv Goldsworthy (FM) as “Inspiring stuff”, and the UK songwriters guild as “Excellent hit single material” (of “Internet Girlfriend”).
Felix Ruiz plays keys, and brings a soulful Caribbean funk dimension to the mix. He grew up in Trinidad listening to old time Soca and Caribbean grooves, learning from his dad who is a well respected pro trumpet player who has played with all the main acts in the carribean. He has played with Rita Marley, Sting amongst many talented people.

Dan Waters plays Guitar, and is influenced by Herbie Hancock, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, RHCP, G-Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, AIR, Led Zeppelin, Toto, John Butler Trio, Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Portishead, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Agurk Players, Schlomo... And many more. He also writes library music and is always up for a laugh and a funky little jam.

Ed Barber has been playing drums for 15 years, his dad was a jazz/funk drummer and taught him the basics. When Ed was 17 he went off to The Academy of Contemporary Music where he learned how to play various styles of music and was fortunate enough to have a jam with Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers). Since then Ed has played in several bands in the south of England including The Gregg Allen Blues Band and Simon Rowbottom (The Boo Radleys). Ed's influences cover a broad spectrum of music from Handel to Rage Against The Machine, Buddy Rich, Tony Mason, Derrick Mackenzie, Dave Weckl.

Lyrics

Always Happy

Written By: Charlie Wood

Love is a word that is used a lot in vain
I never thought it would end and cause such pain
When you get up on a high there is no danger
Try to commit and you're back down like a stranger

Chorus:
Look at the good times we had, cos they were always happy not sad
And I know you're the one for me girl and I know it's still there
All these feelings that I have for you - you just don't seem to care about me baby

You used to say that your love would never falter
I used to hope that we'd make it to the alter
You promised me that you'd never break my heart
But now it feels like we're drifting far apart

Chorus:
Look at the good times we had, cos they were always happy not sad
And I know you're the one for me girl and I know it's still there
All these feelings that I have for you - you just don't seem to care about me baby

I bared my soul right at your table
You brought me crashing to the ground
I'd have you back if I was able
But know you don't want me around

Hate Mondays

Written By: Charlie Wood

Oh, when all the chip shops are closed And your paycheque’s blown I say I don't wanna get up for work Or iron my shirt today Here I am, almost midnight Watching TV and I'm feeling tired Dreading the thought of going to work tomorrow But earning my bread will keep me on this treadmill
Til I make the music pay for all of my damn bills Til that day comes I got 52 nights of sorrow I don't wanna open my post while burning my toast today And I, don't wanna get in my car cos work is too far to go
Chorus:
I think I'll stay, under my duvet with my tea tray, hate Mondays! Yes I'll stay, under my duvet, watching my Blu Rays, hate Mondays!
I don't wanna run through the rain, while missing my train today And I don't wanna see my damn boss, I don't give a toss today Here I am, eating my lunch and all I taste is the credit crunch There ain't no beer that can wash my blues away So I'm smoking a fag, reading the rag, Thinking about the good times that we always have Praising the lord that I'm half way through the day I don't wanna answer the phone and hear people moan today And I don't wanna look at the clock while searching for socks

Chorus:
I think I'll stay, under my duvet with my tea tray, hate Mondays! Yes I'll stay, under my duvet, watching my Blu Rays, hate Mondays! There is a magical time when I love Mondays It happens just a few times in every year A special bonus day off called a bank holiday Then Tuesdays are the days that we all fear

Do You Know How It Feels?

Written By: Charlie Wood

Do you know how it feels to be back to being nothing When suddenly you’re back to square one? I had you, that was all, you were everything I needed Do you know, do you know just how it feels? All through my life I’ve been put down, put down. Why is everything that goes wrong my fault? I gave you the second chance that you wasted I feel disrespected baby and so blue Do you know how it feels to be laughed at, called a fool?
Wish I’d listened to my friends so long ago I had you, that was all, you were everything I needed Do you know, do you know just how it feels?

Different Light

Written By: Charlie Wood

Do you hate the times when people bring you down
And pull you in the wrong directions?
Every way you turn there’s another lesson learned
A multitude of new rejections

You gotta take you chances
Spin the wheel of fortune and it will show
No one cares about your circumstances
So use up all your bad luck in one go

Chorus:
There's a girl upstairs and I'm telling her things will be alright
When the chips are down gotta turn things round and get on with your life
Close your eyes and think deeper, try to see the big picture and I'll try to help you find a way
When the stars have gone and the morning comes you will see things in a different light

If you’re in receipt of lying and deceit
Don't let the bastards bring you down
And if they call you weak just turn the other cheek
Don't let them feature in your plans

You gotta buy your ticket
Enter in this lottery that we call life
Know one give's a shit unless you win it
So forget about your bad luck for tonight

Chorus:
There's a girl upstairs and I'm telling her things will be alright
When the chips are down gotta turn things round and get on with your life
Close your eyes and think deeper, try to see the big picture and I'll try to help you find a way
When the stars have gone and the morning comes you will see things in a different light

Linzi

Written By: Charlie Wood

There is a girl who lives down my road
She is leaving me behind
Always searching for a better place
Looking to erase me from her mind
She won’t hold my hand she hates my favourite band
Did she ever know how much she meant to me?
I’m sure I showed my cards, maybe I tried too hard
I didn’t realise it wasn’t meant to be

Chorus:
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, I ain’t smiling anymore
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, what you do this to me for?
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, you know it’s time to stop this act now
Look into your heart and find the girl I used to know

There was a girl who lived in my life
She was happiness and fun
Suddenly she acted all evasive
Told me it was nothing I had done
But for goodness sake stop acting like your mates
Surely this can’t be the way we are to end?
Because we laughed together cried together
Now I realise it was just pretend

Chorus:
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, I ain’t smiling anymore
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, what you do this to me for?
Oh Linzi, Linzi, Linzi, you know it’s time to stop this act now
Look into your heart and find the girl I used to know
Linzi, Linzi, Linzi,
Oh Linzi ,Linzi ,Linzi….
Look into your heart and find the girl I used to know

Discography

Internet Girlfriend, Do you know (how it feels), F#C}Mondays, You can't lie (airplay on Absalute Radio), Different Light

Set List

Degree of Solitude, Internet Girldfriend, Different Light, Love Song, Linzi, Do you know, Always be my Friend, Hate Mondays. Set length varies from 30-45 mins.