Our new album is finally out. After a year of writing, producing and recording the weight is finally off of our shoulders... or is it? Now that release is final we have to get it into the hands of those who will love it, and that is much easier said than done. Taking your passion, your soul, your noise, after all that it took to create, all the headaches, most likely from the beer and whiskey we drank during writing, and saying here you go world, we are ready for you to listen! Only to realize there is a lot out there to listen to. This is the test of a musician, the test of a band and the test of our sound. We have a long road ahead and it's gonna be one hell of a ride. We would love it if you would come along with us, have a drink with us and bring this party to the world.
Royce Saindon - Lyricist, Vocals
Supernatural is the oldest song on “Line ‘Em Up”. I wrote it back in high school using the chords from another song I had written, but did not like. By the end of the night Supernatural had the long and short chorus lines and the first verse. I put it down for a night and no matter how hard I tried the second verse didn’t come for a year and a half. In that time I was so proud of what Supernatural, even without a verse two, I played it for others.
Supernatural was the song that took me passed my crippling, knee buckling stage fright. As part of the outcast crowd in high-school my friends and I started a band and had a teacher cool enough to let us put on shows on Friday’s at lunch. This is where Supernatural was debuted. For weeks my friends, the cool kids and even teachers came to the Friday lunch shows and would sing along to Supernatural, and it didn’t have a second verse yet. I will never forget being told “everyone was singing it in seventh hour” by a friend. That was the moment my life changed from wanting music as a hobby for me, to wanting to write and see people get excited, change someone’s day or even inspire others to write.
Listen to a sneak preview of "Supernatural" here:
Royce Saindon, lead vocalist for the band shares some of his inspiration for the newest album--"Line 'Em Up"....
"Writing Line ‘Em Up was a challenge for me as a songwriter. Wanting every song to have its own personality while trying to not repeat songs I had written before took me to new levels. In order to decide what songs to write I go by my “11th song” rule. I record every idea I have, no matter how little, no matter how out there it is, I get them all down. I let those ideas sit, for weeks, and sometimes months, before I will go back and listen to them. As I listen to them I look for one thing, the place I was when they came to me, that feeling that took me away from life. The recordings need to make me feel what I felt, and for every ten songs I write that don’t bring me back to that place, I look for the “11th song” that does. Once I find those “11th songs” I take a bunch of them to the guys and they give them listen. Out of the list, I wait to hear them describe the songs. When they describe the songs the same way I imagine them I know we have the ones that deserve to be heard.
At least that’s how it hit me when I first thought of Welcome to the Rock Show. From the first moment I envisioned this song I felt like I was on stage in front of thousands. Living the dream, people screaming the lyrics to a song I wrote back at me. I wrote the song like an anthem to inspire people to let their inner rock stars out. Sneaking into shows, fighting in the crowd, the feel of the kick drum as it hits you in the chest, having the cops have to break up the party. Live, loud and unadulterated. Welcome to the Rock Show.
CJ Smith, the newest member of the band talks about his experience as a drummer and how he became part of the Merchants of Midnight....
I joined a hard rock band in San Diego, where I was born and raised in 2006 and played 100's of shows with them from 2006 to 2011. Influences like Led Zeppelin, Tool, Deftones, Primus as well as more metal bands such as Lamb of God.
One show I'll never forget was at a fairly large venue right next to the beach in San Diego. We were playing two covers, Disturbed - voices and Drowning Pool - Bodies. I tore a huge whole right through the snare drum and had to turn it upside down and play on the bottom head, not a fun experience to say the least.
I recently moved to Colorado for a job offer and immediate took to Craigslist to find people to play music with. One of the first or second postings was from Merchants of Midnight. I texted Matt because they seemed like all around great people and musicians and we met to see if I was the right fit. After the first audition we knew I would be drumming for them. It felt right and with Royce's singing and Matt's guitar work, I knew this could be huge. They both have an astounding amount of talent and I'm really looking forward to the future of this band. Big things are coming, big things.