Blaring amplifiers, thunderous drums and cheering people, that's everything that is amazing about being in a rock band, but it's not everything.
Aside from the music you have four people who need to find a way to keep their unified eyes on the prize. You are going to have differences, you may even want to knock eachother out, but at the end of the day the people you create with become family. You have to fight like family and back eachother up like one. The days will come when someone makes a mistake and you need to ask yourself if everything you have built, with this adopted family, is worth the heartache, irritation and frustration that comes with it.
Keep on Keepin' on and keep your eye on the prize, everything else is just bullshit and should be forgotten in the end.
Exciting news! Merchants of Midnight will be among the bands interviewed by Fireworks magazine. The interview will appear in Fireworks’ December issue and should be available free to all fans at www.rocktopia.co.uk. This is a big step for us toward not just national, but international recognition. Awesome.
Fireworks will also include a review of our new album “Line ‘Em Up.” Unfortunately, the album review is freely available to subscribers or by purchasing the entire issue. Though maybe a subscription is exactly the right idea. And in the light of full disclosure, Merchants of Midnight LLC is not connected to Fireworks or receive compensation for any endorsement I give here. I just think it’s a great magazine for keeping up on the changing music scene on both sides of the pond.
I hope you are all enjoying our music! And for those of you who have yet to own “Line ‘Em Up” it is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Keep on rockin’ Merchants fans!
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.
Change is in the air! With leaves turning color, and the brisk cool temperatures, you know it's that time of year again. For the Merchants of Midnight, fall isn't just about changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes though.
This season there's been a buzz from fans and band members alike about a brand new studio-recorded album which is set to release on October 19th. The Merchants are ecstatic to say the least about the release of "Line 'Em Up" and they mutually agree it's been a long time coming. "It's a lot of work", says lead singer and visionary Royce Saindon. "But we're excited about it and can't wait for the album to hit the local music scene."
The talented trio describe their music as rock and roll with attitude. Their lyrics are diverse as is their sound--ranging from up-tempo twisty ballads like "Lady Luck" to soul-soaked, and deeply thoughtful songs like "The Grey".
The Merchants took several months off from gigs this summer to focus solely on studio time and composition. The album comes with ten new visceral beats that are sure to get this small town band noticed.
If you like records that are unique, this is one to add to your collection. "Line 'Em Up" features great diversity, refreshingly different tunes and lyrics throughout the entire album. Every track is completely different from the others, and the songs cater to a wide array of rock style preferences.
A new album isn't the only thing that the band is buzzing about. With the launch of a fresh website, new graphics, and stylish merchandise, they've been quite busy. The new website encompasses the band's edgy, rock style and is loaded with new features. Be sure to check it out their new digs while you're here.
Currently, the band is putting together a new gig list for the remainder of 2016, so stay tuned for show and ticket info coming soon.
Get a sneak peak of the new album here:
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