“The harmonies the pair have perfected in their acoustic shows get the big anthem treatment on “Wake Up,” and their twin lead guitar approach shines on the hooky “Almost Famous.” Every spin of “Past Presence and Future” leads to another surprise on a finely crafted record.”
"“The new Midnight Satellites CD, Past, Presence, Future marks the bands leap from being the best local band to becoming a legitimate independent artist worthy of a national tour, opening for an established act. Hopefully the band’s performance of the cd at the House of Blues was videotaped. It was the best live show I’ve seen in 5 years.”
“The music of Midnight Satellites plays to a wide audience because of their originality and versatility as a collective. Dual vocals and harmonic melodies are balanced by the well-oiled rock riffs that explode from the start of their latest venture, Past Presence Future.”
Featured Artists / Releases / Awards
2016 "Status Quo" featured on video game FALLOUT 4 - Rogue Radio
2016 "Almost Famous" Selected for Musicopps Licensing for 2016 TV Season
2016 NAMM Convention Main Stage Invited Performance/ JAN 16'
Echo & Buzz - Midnight Satellites Featured Interview / JAN 16
NAMM Headquarters - Radio Special Guest Performance / Oct 15'
Lurssen Mastering - Featured Indie Artists / AUG 15'
Pauseandplay.com - Reverbnation Featured Artist Releases / AUG 15'
Echo & Buzz - Featured Album Releases & Review / SEPT 15'
Live On Analog Records - Featured Artist / AUG 15'
LASF Magazine - Featured Artist Review / SEPT 15'
International SongwritingCompetition - "Travel On" choice selection / OCT 15'
Rock 105.3 San Diego - Loud and Local Winner / OCT 15'
2015 Temecula Valley Music Awards - "Best Rock" Winner
2015 Q103.3I <3 Radio Balloon & Wine Festival Homegrown Winner
2014 Q103.3I <3 Radio Balloon & Wine Festival Homegrown Winner
Radio Appearances / Rotation
Q103.3 - Temecula, Ca
94.5 - Temecula, Ca
x103.9 - San Bernardino, Ca
Rock 105.3 - San Diego, Ca
Elmhurst College Radio, Elmhurst, Illiinois
NAMM Headquarters - Radio Bandiego, Carlsbad, Ca
Listen Local Radio - San Diego, Ca
Chords & VInes Radio - Los Angeles, Ca
I <3 Radio - Worldwide
Underground Pulse Radio - Kansas City
Gashouse Radio - Philadelphia
Thetitlefight.com - Ohio
Rdio - Streaming
PAST. PRESENCE. FUTURE
by Chris Whelton
The new Midnight Satellites CD, Past, Presence, Future marks the bands leap from being the best local band to becoming a legitimate independent artist worthy of a national tour, opening for an established act. Hopefully the band’s performance of the cd at the House of Blues was videotaped. It was the best live show I’ve seen in 5 years.
The single, Almost Famous, is a blueprint for a radio hit with a bouncy bass-line and raucous Queens Of The Stone Age guitars. Heart Feeling Dead has a surprising Johnny Lang vibe to it. On Long Lost the band returns to their metal influences and I was pleasantly reminded of Radiohead. Track #8, Get Low, is also fun pop punk that easily could have been penned by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact the entire cd is a testament to the band’s growth as songwriters and as a viable commercial project.
Individually each of the musicians have also grown up. Brennan’s Kilpatrick’s vocals add a great second voice to the band, and Sal Spinelli’s lead guitar is immaculate and spot on. Nick Seiwert is perfectly in time on drums. The album also features Jackie Bertone on percussion, and Lindsey Carter on backup vocals. I’m most impressed however, both live and on the cd, with bassist Ryan Kilpatrick. He’s explosive on stage carrying many of the songs, and his bow work on standup bass for the final track, Awaiting, is brilliant.
My only suggestions are, less is more when it comes to vocal effects, and I’d ask for one extended burn-the-house-down guitar solo. The band rocked the paint off the stage at the San Diego House of Blues CD release show. I’d like to hear that on the CD.
Past, Presence, Future is more than just another CD in the glovebox. It’s the Midnight Satellites ticket out of town.
House of Blues - San Diego, Ca
House of Blues - Anaheim, Ca
House of Blues - Los Angeles, Ca
Viper Room - Hollywood, Ca
The Music Box - San Diego, Ca
Camp Pendleton - Del Mar, Ca
Tin Roof - San Diego, Ca
Molly Malones - Los Angeles, Ca
Miramonte Winery - Temecula, Ca
Lorimar Winery - Temecula, Ca
Monte De Oro Winery - Temecula, Ca
Thornton Winery - Temecula, Ca
Bel Vino Winery - Temecula, Ca
Get Shamrocked Festival - Murrieta, Ca
Coyote Grill - Carlsbad, Ca