Midnight Door

Midnight Door

 Los Angeles, California, USA
SoloAlternativeRock

Luke Janela paints landscapes of sound using cello and guitar with his uniquely passionate vocals. The music is urgent and innovative, moving from punk to classical to electronic as a cohesive, contemporary whole.

Biography

Luke Janela paints landscapes of sound using cello and guitar with his uniquely passionate vocals. The music is urgent and innovative, moving from punk to classical to electronic as a cohesive, contemporary whole.

From the woods of Northern California to the drizzly streets of Portland, OR, to the bright dry lights of Los Angeles, he has barefooted hundreds of stages includng iconic venues such as as The Catalyst, The Aladdin Theater, Old Ironsides, The Knitting Factory, House of Blues, and the Troubadour among many others.

In Janela’s hands the cello acts as a fully formed baroque buzzsaw, as at home in the roar of a rock club as in cloistered concert halls. In moments of sweet sonic revery, hints of Bach will float over deep and resonant beats.

He has been featured in the Portland Mercury and SF Weekly and has collaborated on albums with well known and underground artists that include Alela Diane, Adam Carson (AFI), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Jeffrey Clarke (Grant Lee Buffalo), Aaron Ross, and Molly Allis (Huff This!).

He also performs under the moniker Midnight Door. A diverse blend of dreamy cello, heavy beats, aching melodies, and smart, emotional vocals.

His discography of his solo work alone numbers more than one can count on both hands. Add in collaborations with songwriters and bands and the network of associations begins to get more vast. Or perhaps, looking at it the other way around, the wide swath of influences begin to explain his singular sound.

“Elliott Smith with a cello” would be a lazy and reductionist way to introduce the music of Luke Janela, despite the parallels between the two songwriters — namely, their intimate, minimalist, melancholy acoustic elegies originally born in the bedrooms of gray and rainy Portland, Oregon. Janela’s inclusion of a drum machine and effects pedals, combined with the rich, deep, sonorous tone of his cello, gives his performances the time-collapsing atmosphere of ancient eras meeting the future. This is no mere gimmick at work, though: Janela’s welding of words to melodies is as accomplished as any erudite troubadour.” — J. Graham – SF Weekly

Lyrics

Closure

Written By: Luke Janela

We sat beneath the stars and we gave them all a name
"If you don't know me now then you didn't know me then".
We sat without care underneath the Soul's Sky, waiting for a Lifetime.

Mad at your fate because you couldn't go... back
If only you could get back on the tracks and you know, how to say it, you know, how to dream,
You know how to forget.

You start to doubt. You can't go round it.

So you went back to the start with your heart in your hands, hoping you could make them understand...
You stared out at the crowds as they writhed and writhed,
like the tides on a moon night.

Glossiness appalling it takes your friends, and you were hoping you could make them make amends...
You are going to believe in everything, until you don't believe anymore.

Calling out. Say you're alive. Say I'm alive.

The Beautiful Truth

Written By: Luke Janela

standing with a medal as they fake your photographs
can't be anywhere else and to leave would be too crass

going through the motions drowns out all your biggest dreams
climb the steeper mountains scale the apex of the need

sunshine very blind climbed out once the cave was mined
oh so disinclined- wait and wait

numb crimes modern times hypocrites sanctified
oh so mesmerized emotional state

beautiful truth
oh the crude portrayal
scattered like birds to the wind
the remnants of betrayal

the least i could expect from thee is pictures of your grace
that triumphant disaster buried right beneath your face
you sing to me peculiar strains and seem to be amazed
that i can't seem to improvise soliloquies unfazed

back up from the bottom of a well i heard a sound
a faintly mouthed promise i had made and thought was drowned
stay wise to emptiness and get to know your place
retreat from false imprisonments and self imposed disgrace

oh my winter night hidden in the summer sky
don't like listening to the flowers freeze

sold my blissful lie to be in your wistful eyes
don't cry push me out and dry your cheeks

beautiful truth
oh the crude portrayal
scattered like birds to the wind
was it so distasteful?

who made you?
who made you so derailed?
shattered hearts learn to be rebuilt
eyes learn to see unveiled

Discography

2011 - "Tomorrow Was" LP
2010 - "Yesterday Will Be" EP
2009 - "REDWOOD SUMMER" (Luke Janela) LP
2009 - "JUNEAUREVOIR" (Luke Janela) LP
2007 - "Midnight Door" LP
2005 - "You Are The Driver" LP
2004 - "The New Age" LP (The Key)
2004 - "Rainmaker" LP (Luke Janela)
2003 - "Blue Star" LP (Luke Janela)
2002 - "The Key" EP (The Key)
2001 - "You Space Me" (Luke Janela) LP
2000 - "Talk Into The Stars" (Luke Janela) LP
1999 - "Nowhere I Should Be Walking" LP with (The Key)
1998 - "Still Dream" (Luke Janela) LP
1997 - "This" (Luke Janela) LP
1996 - "One Sung Over" (Luke Janela) LP

Set List

All Original Material, generally 25-45 minutes, depending on venue, crowd, other bands. Can play (much) longer or (much) shorter.
1. Closure
2. Summertime Nights
3. Let Go
4. The Beautiful Truth
5. The Sky Is Too Wide
6. Owls and Vultures