Midnight Show is the new album from Australian born singer-songwriter Pete Ross and the follow-up to his 2009 debut release Six String Suicide. Whereas the latter delivered a somewhat simple narrative in a well-produced package, Midnight Show offers a stark contrast with a comparatively structured message and compelling song writing, offset by a very raw and dynamic sound.
The album was conceived backstage after a solo concert, when Beast Records (FR) co- founder, Seb Blanchais, suggested recording an album for his label focusing mostly on Pete’s voice and guitar. However, in a spiritual sense, the birth of the album could well be attributed to the passing of Pete’s brother Ross, over 10 years ago; the loss of his mother, Josephine, 40 years ago; or perhaps the connection of his new found love and co-writer, Susy Sapphire and her recently lost, adopted mother who coincidentally was also named Josephine.
The album, as reflected in the striking photography of Parisian Demis Courquet- Lesaulnier, concentrates on dark and at times quirky images, such as the opening title track, Midnight Show, suggesting that love is not altruistic; XXXV and Josephine which are both eulogies for their departed; and the hauntingly dramatic, Maybe There Is Love, written by Ross (la prima).
Fans of Johnny Cash (American Recordings) and Nick Cave, will undoubtedly be intrigued by this latest work, as will existing lovers of the more country-esque Pete Ross.
released March 15, 2011
Mixed by Tommaso Colliva
Mastered by Giovanni Versari
Photography © Demis Courquet-Lesaulnier
Pete Ross - vocals/acoustic guitar
Guests in order of appearance:
Gianluca De Rubertis (piano on tracks 1 & 5)
Roberto Dell’Era (bass guitar on track 2)
Enrico Gabrielli (flute on track 4)
Joost van Dongen (cello on track 9)
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