Retro Candy

The Midnight Bop
Review by Janine Veazue

If keeping the music and spirit of rockabilly alive on two continents is a gig worth pursuing, then Marco Da Silva and the Midnighters have ensured themselves a lifetime career. Appearing on NINAP Records with their debut release The Midnight Bop, this quartet from Italy has created a toe-tapping homage to some of the most influential American rockabilly greats.

Da Silva writes in the liner notes of Midnight Bop, “This album was a labor of love,” a fact made evident both in the band’s recreations of rock ‘n’ roll classics and the songs they selected. They chose carefully and included hidden gems, such as Eddie Bond’s “Bopping Bonnie,” as well as superior lyrical greats, like Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” racking up 15 rockin’ tracks in all.

Da Silva and the Midnighters are musically perfect and melodically divine. For those who lived during the immersion of these original rock greats, the Midnighters’ debut is sensational listening and brings back floods of memories of the early rock-and-roll and rockabilly genres. However, their style may face opposition from music fans of today, who are more accustomed to faster, harder and more danceable selections. With the introduction of such sub-styles as psycho- and punkabilly, the Midnighters are perhaps better suited to cocktail lounges and small pub performances to draw the type of crowd that would appreciate their tastes.

One might also ask whether the band’s Italian origins is a detriment to their true understanding of American rock ‘n’ roll culture. Perhaps. The Midnighters’ replication of the “great American rock ‘n’ roll experience” may seem too calculated and musically planned to some. In truth, these are simply great musicians playing the way they know how, without the grit of the originals. But, the Mel Torme crooner adaptations of classic gems offer a new perspective on stereotypically American songs. They are songs of heartbreak, triumph, love and hate, and even celebration,emotions and experiences that translate into any language for anyone who has truly lived.

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