Midnight Masses

Midnight Masses

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Dark, gospel-tinged folk rock. Gothic Gospel Americana.

Biography

Midnight Masses is an ever-expanding collective of mostly Brooklyn-based artists, led and formed by Autry Fulbright in the wake of his father’s untimely death. Fulbright began the project with cathartic, marathon recording sessions in Austin, Texas, alongside longtime-friend Jason Reece of Trail of Dead. But as the months wore on, the long-distance duo would bring more and more members into the fold.

Truly communal, the songs bear the mark of countless musicians, all shepherded under the watchful eye of Brooklyn-By-Way-Of-Bible-Belter Fulbright. “Water” features TV on the Radio’s Jaleel Bunton signing lead vocals on each verse, while “Desperate Man” finds Fulbright relinquishing lead duties to the milky-voiced Katie Eastburn. Longtime collaborators Conrad Keely and Kevin Allen of Trail of Dead both lend their talents to the record, on keys and guitar respectively. But the core of the group is Eric Rodgers (guitar/vocals), Miyuki Furtado (drums/bass/guitar/vocals), Danny Wood (bass/vocals), and Destiny Montague (guitar/vocals/percussion), a group of musicians able to make songs about death sound unmistakably alive, emerging as a tangle of dark hued soul, yearning minimalism and warmly reassuring rock music. Montague’s crystalline vocals serve as the haunting backdrop for most of Fulbright’s ruminations, and Rodgers’ guitar playing heaves and sighs underneath the din, while Furtado’s expert drumming and Wood’s dark bass routinely trades might and heft for understatement and grace.

With a national tour alongside Trail of Dead and an East Coast run with Thursday under their belts and an increasing stable of friends charmed by the Heaven 7” that they self-released earlier this year, Midnight Masses is preparing to release their debut EP, Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body, on November 10, 2009 via Collect Records.

Discography

Heaven Tour 7" (digital/vinyl) - Released 3/10/09 - Self-released
Tracklisting:
1. Heaven
2. Deserter Song
3. Redemption Rain

Daytrotter Session
Tracklisting:
1. Burial Song
2. I Was A Desperate Man
3. Debtor's Song
4. Walk On Water

Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body - Release 12/08/09 - Collect Records/Team Love
Tracklisting:
1. Walk On Water (ft. Jaleel Bunton)
2. Preacher's Son
3. I Was A Desperate Man (ft. Katie Eastburn)
4. Do You Believe In Rapture?

Set List

30 minutes
1. Heaven
2. Preacher's Son
3. Redemption Rain
4. Walk On Water
5. I Was A Desperate Man
6. Do You Believe In Rapture (Sonic Youth Cover)