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The best kept secret in music


Local music rarely fights its way onto the airwaves of West Michigan, and when it does it has increasingly gotten crammed into the wee hours of the night. Hoping to help turn the dial around, Grand Rapids' Midnight Radio spans generations of inspiration and carries the legacy of some of the area's most popular acts from the last decade into the second half of this one.
"When I [first] listened to local music, the scene was pretty cool with a lot of radio support and good rock bands, but now most of them are gone and you don't see a whole lot of support out there," Midnight Radio guitarist Wes Creager said. "So it seems like it's going downhill, but maybe we can change that."
They have themselves off to a good start. Their "Anne Ep", release in 2002 shortly after the band began, was produced by local music mainstay Curt Hines (formerly of Molly, now of Cold Cash Machine). Hines has establish himself with both of his bands, in and beyond West Michigan, and helped the then fledgling rock band learn, as vocalist Aaron Bierlein put it, "how to be cool."
Now, a little over three years later, the has emerged entirely on their own with their first full-length CD, "Girl On The Side", due out early this year. The members of Midnight Radio have work on the disc for over the past seven months and to tide fans over, recently released the, "Caffeine, Cigarettes and Rock Ep," containing three tracks from Girl.
"[Curt's] in Europe touring so he couldn't help, but we're working with Alvin Finnerty, who also work on the "Anne Ep" and he's been absolutely phenomenal to work with and has put a lot of time into "Girl On The Side," Bierlein said. "Alvin has been very good to us and even Curt trusted him with Cold Cash Machine's record, "Memort Overdose," se we know he's good."
The time Midnight Radio has spent on "Girl On The Side" hasn't been exactly east to come by, either, as three of its members are still attending college, planning on graduating sometime in the not too distant future.
"It's not so much [a problem] finding time for the band, it's more finding time for college," bassist Cyprian Marshall said.
College has not only helped Midnight Radio recruit several of their fans, it has also helped them come up with a unique description of their music: new American soul.
"I had a music theory professor call us that and the way he explained was: It's like old retro rock but has that new energy that makes you want to get off your feet and break something - hence, new American soul," explained Bierlein, a music education student.
Similarly when asked to describe their live show, the band turned to one of their fans who called it "energetic and dripping with sex," two sensations among many others they said listeners of Midnight Radio can only experience firsthand since they can't see everything that's going on during a show.
"All I know about our live show is that we move a lot, and I've had a number of injuries on stage," Bierlien said. "If I get off stage and I'm not exhausted and injured in some way, shape or form, I did something wrong."
So with local music still struggling to even get late-night airplay, what are the guys in Midnight Radio typically listening to after hours?
"The sound of coffee filling a cup at Denny's," said drummer Tony Dipiazza.
Midnight Radio will play State Grounds Coffee House in Hastings Jan. 13, The Club Soda in Kalamazoo Jan 21. and The Hungry Heart Cafe in Grand Rapids Jan. 27. For more on the band, visit midnightradio.cjb.net. -Eric Mitts - Recoil Magazine


"The Anne Ep," Released in November 2003.
Produced by Curt Hines, and engineered by Alvin Finnerty. Recorded at Station C Studios, Grand Rapids, MI.

The Anne Ep, was re-released in early 2006 with a new acoustic track, recorded on-air at local radio station, 97.9 WGRD.

"Girl On The Side," Due in Fall 2006
Produced and Engineered by Alvine Finnerty. Recorded at Ante-Up Audio, Cleveland OH and Soundpost Studios, Grand Rapids MI.

Tracks from Girl On The Side have been played on-air at WGRD.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Formed in 2002, Midnight Radio is a band bursting through the walls of noise that make up the West Michigan Music scene, and reviving a genre that everyone has seemly forgotten, Rock and Roll. Playing a style that is loud and in your face, with driving bass and powerful drums. But infused with riff laden guitar, and catchy vocal melodies that are enough to get you up out of your seat, and moving around.

With one release under their belt "The Anne Ep," and a full length follow-up due in fall "Girl On The Side," Midnight Radio is breaking away from all the trend bands, and making music the way it used to be made. Midnight Radio has played with many notable bands from all over the mid-west, including; Oh My God (Nova Records), Ivory Wire, The Hard Lessons, Absent Star (RCA), and The Audition (Victory) as well as many other. Watch for these boys in fall/winter 2006, they will be playing a mid-west town near you.