[photo courtesy of Adam Weinberg]
“The Midnight Masses MySpace page describes their genre as “soul.” Some dude at the Music Hall bar said, “that guy sounds like the guy from Kings of Leon!” I’m not really sure either of those are true. People hear a lot of influences from this band: The Doors, Spiritualized, Billie Holliday(!), and that may be because they don’t quite sound like anybody, though Time Out called them “jaw-droppingly good.” That, I can agree with. Midnight Masses in its current incarnation is a large band of collaborators (featuring members of Trail of Dead and Here We Go Magic, among others) with a big, rich sound that includes a string section and heartfelt lyrics from singer Autry Rene Fulbright, who wrote many of these songs about the passing of his father. As such, the band’s live show manages to be both grandiose and intensely personal– and as a result, captivating. At this Music Hall performance, the band delved into a rendition of Sonic Youth’s “Do You Believe In Rapture?” that puts an entirely new spin on the song, and can also be heard on Midnight Masses’ excellent EP, Rapture Ready I Gazed at the Body. Check them out, both their great EPs and their upcoming residence every Wednesday in February at Union Pool.
I recorded this set with the DPA microphones on a pole clamped to the soundboard cage, with the mics well above the crowd to minimize crowd noise. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!”
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Music Hall of Williamsburg
An acidjack master recording
Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left side of SBD cage, 10′ of total height
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )
09 Tracks (setlist help needed)
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