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But if you’re going to remain successful doing that style, you’ve got to a) do it well and b) bring something else to the table. They’ve got the first part down pretty well, but the second part’s trickier. The zippy (by their standards) “Can’t Get Away From You”—a demo version is currently streaming on their MySpace—sounds almost exactly like one of Keane’s faster songs, except without the British accent (though lead singer/pianist Brad Lodge is nonetheless appropriately passionate).
Midnight Hour are certainly not for those about to rock, but there is a sizable segment who absolutely love this stuff. Based on early versions of the album tracks, it’ll prove excellent fodder for those looking to score their homemade YouTube videos that celebrate the romances of their favorite TV characters. And depending on how the album eventually turns out, it could be something more than that, too.
Midnight Hour with Dynamite Walls at Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600; www.detroitbar.com. Every Mon. in December. Call for time. Free. Visit Midnight Hour online at www.myspace.com/midnighthourrock.
Attention Orange County/Long Beach musicians and bands! Mail your music, along with your vital contact info and decent high-resolution photos (plus any impending performance dates) for possible review to: Locals Only, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or just be lazy and e-mail your MySpace link to firstname.lastname@example.org.