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Like a will o’ the wisp over a murky marsh, Midnight Plus One finds light in the dark and dark in the light. Casey Cook’s haunting voice rides ominous throbs of unrelenting energy pulsed forward by John Bowman on drums and Nick Senese on guitar.
Unlearn Everything is the final recording featuring former members Pete Wagner (guitar) and Michelle Temple (bass). You may know Bowman and Wagner as fixtures of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill music scene - the former was in Milemarker and both spent time in Challenger and Auxes - but all the members boast impressive resumes of experience, converging from backgrounds in post punk, psych, garage and hardcore to deliver an often-dissonant-but-always-mesmerizing brand of ethereal noise rock.
Unlearn Everything offers up ten bewitching new tracks creeping in with a brooding tension and Cook’s lilting, breathy vocals. Swirling atmospherics and a thunderous beat give way to tides of crashing guitars and a pummeling rhythm section.
Imagine if Perfect Pussy incorporated elements of of shoegaze and dream pop into its sound. Or what if Young Prisms embraced a more caustic, turbulent punk aesthetic? Comparisons like this usually contain a thread of truth but are ultimately futile; there’s really no descriptor that adequately encapsulates Midnight Plus One’s singular sound and the band has tapped into something that feels imminently dangerous yet undeniably engaging.