Chelmsford rock duo The Midnight Barbers have arrived back after debut single success of ‘Business’ with another cracking track. Ben Rowntree and Jack Pepper come together to make and mould real nostalgic classic rock, with twists and hints of old school blues. For fans of The Black Keys who crave a more innovative and distinguished sound, this upcoming duo might be the best thing to happen to your ears and the genre in a long while.
New single ‘Damascus’ is a hive of gruff vocals, gristly guitars and some seriously vigorous drumming. It takes all these best elements from the previous single, but with exciting additional fuzz and drive. The accompanying video sees Rowntree performing as a preacher with Pepper as his makeshift assistant, in classic black & white filter. This visual stimulus accompanies some of Rowntree’s more biblical lyrics in reference to the destructive events in the Old Testament and sees the duo affect the townsfolk in a rather unusual way.
There’s no truth to the myth that “rock n roll is dead” once you’ve heard the rambunctiously electric sound of The Midnight Barbers. Some Iggy Pop and Dylan influences are clearly audible, it’s a perfect combination. They’ve already gained support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and through support slots with The Bohicas and Misty Miller. Check out their live show at Camden Barfly on the 24th August or 4th September at The Late Summer Beer Festival.
Damascus is released on the 11th September via Sweet Release Records