Album review: MIDNITE CITY – Itch You Can’t Scratch

MIDNITE CITY - Itch You Can't Scratch

Roulette Media [Release date 11.06.21]

Since bursting out onto the scene in 2017, Midnite City have been steadily building up a loyal following, helped by two well received albums and being a band that doesn’t mind getting on the road to perform (pandemic allowing).

Midnite City return with album number three on a new label Roulette Media, as well as new management and booking agent. However, the band’s line-up remains the same – Rob Wylde (vocals), Miles Meakins (guitar), Shawn Charvette (keyboards), Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams (bass) and Pete Newdeck (drums). All of the band contribute to backing vocals which really helps make the choruses stand out, as well as providing the band part of its own unique sound.

Midnite City start this album off with a bang in the shape of ‘Crawlin’ In The Dirt’. A fiesty rocker, complete with a tasty keyboard riff. The sort of tune Steel Panther would have done back when they wrote memorable tunes (less the innuendo!). ‘Atomic’ keeps the pace moving along nicely, a touch of Def Leppard on the chorus.

‘Fire Inside’ is one of those guitar/keys led melodic hard rockers we all love, complete with a memorable chorus. It is sure to become a live favourite and is certainly an album highlight for this reviewer. ‘They Only Come Out At Night’ is another treat for melodic rock fans.

The power ballad ‘If It’s Over’ is a bit tasty too. A cross between Bon Jovi and Firehouse when both bands were in their prime.

Despite having hints of other bands in their sound Midnite City have their own identifiable sound, which helps with the band being just that and not a studio project where often the songs can be an afterthought.

Midnite City do mix it up a little on here too, as ‘Blame It On Your Lovin’ is one of their heaviest songs to date, complete with horns that sit neatly on the top of the guitars.

After a pretty pants 2020 and not the greatest of starts to 2021, we need a little bit of party metal in our lives and Midnite City step up to the plate. Party on! ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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