Forgetting Midnight
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Forgetting Midnight

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Forgetting Midnight on Golden Mixtape"

Don’t you love when an album can hook you with the first track? You don’t have to spend time wasting your energy shuffling through the tracks looking for that “it” song. Thankfully when Forgetting Midnight’s A Place For All Our Broken Pieces I was into it with just one listen because of the Atari like essence of “Fear of Hearts.” That song, along with the remaining 11 did not disappoint. Yes, some stood out from the dozen because of their catchy demeanor’s, like “Truth Behind the Veil.” One listen and you know the words and find yourself embarrassing yourself, singing along in your cubicle…or in class (yes, I’m old). The Ataris sound is apparent, as is the old school Fall Out Boy feel of “Heart Carved Into An Old Oak Tree;” heartfelt pop punk all about a girl. If that wasn’t nostalgic enough for you, then you’ll probably be into “Love Struck Hate.” Listen and tell me you don’t hear a this generation’s Stephen Jenkins…So if my homework assignment was to summarize Forgetting Midnight’s A Place For All Our Broken Pieces I’d have to say rock for both young and not too old that’s got enough pop influence to make it, well pop and get stuck in your head for days on end. It’s fresh on the market so if this sounds like it’s up your musical alley, as always, please support the arts and pick up Forgetting Midnight’s A Place For All Our Broken Pieces. - Golden Mixtape


"Forgetting Midnight: A Place For All Our Broken Pieces"

With album titles full of epic phrasing and prepositions, and the general presentation of the album, I figured I knew what I was in for with this one. "OK, here comes a lot of shitty blast beats, nonsensical breakdowns and 5th rate Swedish metal fuckery."

Damn was I wrong, and damn am I glad.

Forgetting Midnight seems to have come to us from a time warp in 1999. This whole album is prime bubblegum pop punk about girls and how awesome they are, and how terrible they are, and all that. It's kind of a blast from the past to be honest. This has Saves The Day influence written all over it. After I started listening to this I got an even bigger surprise when I noticed that the band's photo they included makes them look like they play Suicidal Tendencies or Terror style stuff. If I saw the picture first, I would not have pegged them for this kind of style, in the least.

Throughout the album you'll find a whole slew of high energy tracks, dripping with melody and layered with harmonized vocals. The pace never gets picked up to some MxPx style thrash beat like I wished it would at times, but the band is great at settling into a mid-paced groove and just cruising with it. Some of the songs are kind of catchy to boot, and I found myself singing along a few times almost instantly once I picked up on the words and melodies, though at 28 I cannot relate at all to the simplistic "girls and love, love and girls" sort of lyrics.

Each track is about as good as the others. Some nice head bobbing tracks, some slow singalong ballads, it's all here. You won't find anything earth shattering or new brought to the table, but anyone who likes the "similar bands" would have no trouble picking up on this right away. I also discovered a reworked cover of "Your Love" by The Outfield on Youtube. Way to score bonus points with a favorite song from my childhood, guys. - Stereokiller.com


"AbsolutePunk.net Interview"

Forgetting Midnight

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1. How did you get your band name?
We went through a few names and came across a name with the word "midnight" and another with the name "forgetting." Someone mentioned them together, and it just kind of stuck from there.

2. How did this band get started?
A good friend of mine and former bandmate Matt Gambino asked me to start a band and so I gave it a shot. Now it's two years later, and although Matt is no longer in the band, he is still a great friend and supporter. We all were at a point of quitting music when this band came along, so it was just meant to be.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
We are all influenced by different bands. Manny enjoys Green Day and Blink 182, but credits his love for music to Sting and The Police. Vinny is a fan of Alkaline Trio, Breaking Benjamins, and as many classic rock bands. Anthony likes a variety of music including Deftones and many independent bands. And Demian is a fan of all genres, so it's always hard to pin point what exactly he likes.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
With our music and sound we'd definitely love to tour with bands like Green Day, Alkaline Trio, and After Midnight Project. But as for bands of the past, our choice would definitely have to be Blink 182.

5. Best food to eat on tour?
Homemade sandwiches - they are cheap and tasty.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
We're different on so many levels - we don't just limit ourselves to one genre of music. All our different influences in music allow us to really create some unique and fun songs.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
This is a pretty hard question only because each member of the band is or was an athlete at some point in their life. Manny is a professional wrestler (he's been in the ring with people like Sabu from ECW), Vinny is a professional boxer with a 2-0 record, Anthony is a former student of Judo, and Demian currently practices many different forms of martial arts and Capoera.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Our family for being the solid support any musician needs to succeed.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Only the "marketable" music goes through - no one actually cares if the person sounds good anymore. It's all about looks and being a drunk mess.

10. Memorable tour experience?
On our drive back from New Hampshire we stopped at a diner where we were singled out and boo'd because one of the guys wore a Yankees hat and it was Boston Red Sox territory.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Nothing because the website wont load. Lol.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
We don't like to do many covers, but the one cover of Blink 182 "Dammit" has always been a crazy fun song to play live.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
We all don't get the chance to go on vacation much, so touring and out of state shows are really our favorite things because we get to relax away from home and do what we love.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
All music from the 90's because we were all raised in that decade.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I think all of us would want to fly and have super strength…it would make touring a lot easier. Lol.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
We all just relax and do some hand exercises to loosen the joints before going on stage.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Most are shocked to find out what we've all done in our personal lives - from our drummer being a lawyer to our guitarist being a pro boxer.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? Radio is slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. But anyone with a car still enjoys listening, so it will always be around. Although it may not be as helpful as it was years ago for musicians, it still allows a band's music to be advertised to the public.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
We all enjoy doing different things. Manny enjoys graphic design and art, Vinny enjoys golf, Anthony is a comic artist and writer, and Demian is politically active.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
We all have a variety of talents from art to construction to athleticism. These talents have helped us to build a strong band and our differences bring us closer as friends as we each try to support one another 100% in everything we do. - Absolutepunk.net


"Forgetting Midnight LIVE on 1240AM in NYC on The Real Radio Show"

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"Forgetting Midnight Vents Interview"

What's the meaning behind the band's name?
The band name "Forgetting Midnight" is a way of expressing new beginnings. We feel that once the clock hits midnight it's a new day and you can welcome a brand new chance for life. So in essence the name pretty much means forgetting all your problems and transgressions to welcome a new chance at life.

How the band started??
The band actually began a few years ago under the name Unlabeled Theory and than we broke up. About a year ago we decided to give it another shot being that we are in better places in our personal lives and it has been a great road ever since we got back together. We are more dedicated and hardworking than ever before and we havent let anything stand in our way.

What's the message to transmit with your music??
I believe each song has it's own message and i try to get that message across through telling a story. A lot of people ask me (Manny, Lead singer) if the song pertains to my personal life but in actuality none of my songs have anything to do with me personally they are more just stories i come up with in my head and express through music.

What's your method at the time of writting a song??
Writing is one of the hardest and easiest things for me (Manny, Lead singer). There are times where i can have writers block for months and not write a thing, but than when i do write i seem to be able to create over 10 songs to work with and compose with the other members of the band. One of my biggest ways of defeating my writers block is usually in the shower lol.

Which is your music influences??
There are SO many influences in the music we write because the members of the band come from such a wide variety of musical backgrounds. There are songs that are influenced by musicians like Blink 182, Greenday, Goo Goo Dolls, and even bringing in some classic rock influences on guitar methods.

What plans do you guys have for the future??
At the moment our main concentration is the completion of our first full length record being produced by Jerry Farley. Once that is complete our big goal is to work on getting booked for the North East tier of shows for Warped Tour 2011, but we're always dreaming big and doing everything in our power to make those dreams come true.

Which has been the funniest prank you guys have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
We haven't yet had the experience of going on a full tour yet but we are constantly cracking jokes on one another, from driving away to a show with out one of the guys to make him feel like we left him behind to just plain making fun of one another.

If you guys were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you guys are, ¿Who would you guys send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
I believe we would totally send Demian (drummer) for help because he enjoys walking long distances but if we had to choose who to eat first it would probably be me (Manny, Lead singer) or Anthony (bassist) because we are the biggest guys in the band lol.

Which country you guys would love to play?
A really big dream of ours is to play England, we all feel the same way that Europe boasts some of the biggest music lovers in the world.


With which bands you guys would love to share stage? We'd love to go on tour with plenty of bands but some select bands would be Greenday, Alkaline Trio, or After Midnight Project.

Are you guys OK, with the direction the band is going actually?
One of the biggest things we love in this band is there are no arguments and 150% communication, the direction the band is going in has been one of the things that has kept us going everyday. We are very proud of what we've accomplished in such a short time and we know the future holds very big plans for Forgetting Midnight. - Vents Magazine


Discography

Forgetting Midnight EP
Produced By: John Pupa
Released in January of 2010

Forgetting Midnight
Album: A Place For All Our Broken Pieces
Produced By: Jerry Farley
Release Date: May 28, 2011

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Forgetting Midnight was started by Manny Gonzalez, formally of Unlabeled Theory, in the spring of 2009. The band immediately shot off into the New York music scene having a successful 6 months playing 2-3 shows a week including Coney Islands Siren Festival.

In the Fall of 2009 Manny brought on former bassist of Unlabeled Theory, Vinny Celentano, to take over as rhythm guitarist in his place. By the late spring of 2010 the band would split leaving Manny and Vinny as sole members of the band.

Instead of calling it quits Manny and Vinny went on the search to rebuild the band. They would be Joined by Anthony Garcia on bass and Demian Fernadez on drums, both former members of I-Crisis and Unlabeled Theory. They immediately hit the studio and in the summer of 2010 they would successfully play the Starland Ballroom twice as well as many other great venues. In December of 2010 they would join up with producer, Jerry Farley, to begin production on their first full length album, A Place For All Our Broken Pieces.

With the release of their first album on May 28, 2011 and their upcoming 2011 summer tour it can't be stressed enough that this is a band about music first and foremost. There is nothing more important then having fun and playing the music that they love. Whether they are screaming their lungs out or harmonizing a melody, the single desire is to deliver pure, undeniable music that stands out on its own in a sea of fabrications.