Born in Rome in 2007, featuring Daniele De Angelis (voice), Danilo Staniscia (drums), Francesco Barone (guitar) and Pasquale Vico (bass), Date at Midnight combine the darkest elements of pure gothic and deathrock style with a powerful and involving taste, where the ruins of the Eternal City meet the chaotic and obsessive feelings of metropolitan landscapes, introspective and hard-to-confess sensations, betrayed hope, and pervasive irony..
After a few acclaimed shows in Rome's gothic and alternative venues, Date at Midnight started the recording sessions of their first, self-titled EP (consisting of 6 tracks) and finally released it on March 1st, 2008, for the Italian obscure label In the Night Time Records.
Then, the band continued to play live, performing released and unreleased songs, in Italy and in foreign countries as well, often sharing the stage with important international acts. Currently, the band is touring around to spread its music made of gothic obscure atmospheres, deathrock dramatic attitude, post-punk instinctitiveness, and a personal "rock" blend.
In 2011 the band signed an agreement with the French label Manic Depression Records to release its first full-length, which will be called “No Love”. To be continued....
Goth Rock / Death Rock / Digipack - 11 tracks (Manic Depression)
Panic Public Show
Idillio e Tenebra
Vicious and Liar
By the Wall
Date at Midnight
Goth / Death Rock / MCD - 6 tracks (In The Night Time Records)
01. A Story So Old
02. Lost In Kreuzberg
03. Waiting For …
04. Date At Midnight
05. Walking Afterlife
06. Crucifying My Lies
2012-12-07 : Date at Midnight live in Roma W/ Chameleons Vox (Mark Burgess) + Winter Severity Index
Via Prenestina 738
9:00 - 16€
2012-04-03 : Date at Midnight reviewed in Obsküre magazine
2012-02-22 : Date at Midnight reviewed by Mick Mercer Rollicking, majestic Goth adventures! A feast of nocturnal, billowing sounds with well oiled, lustful rhythms, scalding guitar decisiveness, and passionate, urgent vocals. An Italian band, singing in English, they’re old and wise enough to have waited a few years for their debut and it shows.
It’s all there in opener ‘No Love’ as Danilo Staniscia’s stomping drums are joined by the stolid menace of Pasquale Vico’s bass, Francesco Barone’s juicy thickened guitar slabs falling into place, then viscous notes ringing out, as Daniele De Angelis’ neurotic vocals burrow out from under it all. That’s good enough but unlike most bands they don’t just limber up and then lumber on, oh no! Having established a rousing, explorative forward momentum like Xmal meets Play Dead, the vocals howl as the guitar prowls and fractures. Then fade…
‘Spirit Dance’ has both a polished, precise patination, but also a gruff, ragged feel developing which accentuates a glorious rush of energy when needed, the rawness brightened by the guitar but streaming along beautifully. ‘Panic Public Show’ starts with some ghostly guitar memories, delicately strummed, but then doubled in intensity right in front of us as the vocals warn of and welcome depravity, setting up a scampering finish. ‘Idillio E Tenebra’ is a meandering, mellow affair, with a false end, the feeling all trapped inside the lugubrious affair.
‘Vicious And Liar’ is scrappier, and scrapping, with enchanting guitar facets, while brusquer drums and hunky bass drives on ‘By The Wall’ as the vocals try to flee. More stylish guitar pulls it back into focus, as gritty wildness and melodramatic woe intermingle. ‘Dead Motions’ is a slow burn emoter, low bass misery, lightly etched guitar gloom, ghastly vocal traces gently evening out into a picturesque haze.
‘Vanità’ is sterner and upright, a bright bass leer, circumspect drums underpinning raging vocals and unflinching linear guitar as it goes along it simply gets bigger and self-assured. ‘Inside 29’ is angrier but uplifting with its simple, repetitive thrust and ‘Solo...’ idles wonderfully with an essential bass presence growing steadily until it segues into ‘Alone’ with timid vocals intruding to share some torment as emboldened guitar bursts out, and it all fills out with a weird lament (“Crying here, alone…drying the scene of crime before I’m gone”), the constricts with dignity.
And there you have it, a fantastic album.
2011-12-04 : Date at Midnight "No Love" out now ! We are very pleased to announce the release of the first album of the italian band Date at Midnight. Called "No Love" it gives a combination of the darkest elements of pure gothic and deathrock style!
Think Madre Del Vizio meets The Chameleons... a must!
2011-12-17 : Date at Midnight release party Manic Depression et Alone Prod present: