End of the Night

by Midnight North

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Grahame Lesh has been woodshedding with the great American songbook over the last few years, performing with Phil Lesh & Friends at Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles, festivals across the country and, of late, performing with the house band at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA.

Now Grahame, joined in the songwriting department by Elliott Peck, has formed Midnight North so they can add their own pages to that songbook. Midnight North follows the path of a long line of successfully crafted California country-rock music that spans from Bakersfield to the Bay. A year of steady gigging has yielded a calm confident unit anchored by Connor Jon O'Sullivan's propulsive bass and Eric Saar behind the kit.

Midnight North's debut album, End of the Night, sonically picks up where Ryan Adams & the Cardinals and others left off, heartfelt rock & folk songs decked out in a tidy country rock nudie suit, smartly tailored with intuitively tight vocal harmonies and a steady beat. Produced by Connor and Grahame and recorded amidst the redwood groves at In The Pocket Studios in Forestville, CA, End of the Night peaks with a soaring slow burner that no great rock album would be complete without, Peck's "All Remains the Same." Worth a listen: the crisp guitars and memorable melody of opener “Falling,” the band strutting through “Miss M", the gorgeous playing and singing on “Hold Me Down” and of course, the closing title track. Lesh put it best when he said, “We’ve got a little bit of country in us, but it’s just rock n’ roll.”

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released 18 June 2013

Grahame Lesh - Electric & acoustic guitars, banjo & vocals
Elliott Peck - Acoustic guitar, piano, organ, Rhodes, Wurlitzer & vocals
Connor Jon O’Sullivan - Electric & upright bass, mandolin, baritone, piano & Minimoog
Eric Saar - Drums, percussion & piano

All songs by Midnight North
Miss M written and published by Toby Oler
Recorded September 2012 - March 2013
Produced by Connor Jon O’Sullivan & Grahame Lesh
Engineered by Mike Scully & Connor Jon O’Sullivan
Recorded at In The Pocket Studios in Forestville, CA
And in the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco
Mixed by Connor Jon O’Sullivan
Mastered by Michael Romanowski
Special guest Fiddle Dave Muhlethaler on fiddle
All songs published by Elliconn Music, BMI
Photographs by David Nichols & Midnight North
Midnight North typography by Julie Nielsen
Layout and design by Connor Jon O’Sullivan

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Track Name: Falling
Falling

I’m wide awake, night beside me.
Morning dawns, lightning strikes me.
A still life can’t sustain it.
Ring my bell, c’mon make me yell.

I’m wide awake, you’re beside me.
Take your toll, I won’t fight it.
I just stare at your fire.
One more night, I’ll give all my time.

Chorus:
If I ask you now, don’t go.
If I ask you now, hold on.
If I ask you now
And I say I won’t be a thing without you, buried in the road.

Ice and rain, they can’t stop me
I run to you past my making
Turn around, whisper goodbye.
Board your plane, don’t return again.

Chorus

Bridge:
I keep on falling, falling, yeah.
I keep on falling, falling, yeah.
Falling, falling, yeah
I keep on falling, falling, yeah.

I’m wide awake, night beside me.
Morning dawns, you’re beside me.
A still life can’t sustain it.
One more night, I’ll give all my time.

Chorus

Bridge
Track Name: Long Road
Long Road

On and on the hours roll by. Dark is light.
Order another one more time.

Remember the words that struck me. 2 years time
How do I hold down the line?

Follow me home I’m stumbling, falling
Carry me into bed, I’m fine.

Leave me until the morning. Wake me nice.
Cold hands on my mind.

Chorus
I’m going alone watch you fading
the slightest breeze blow you away
caught up in the westwind
You and I know it’s going to be a long road in the end
I’m going home

Nothing to do this evening. Come on out.
Sit on a stool and drink all night.

Step with me from the darkness. Green lights.
Tear me up and go.

Chorus

Oh I held on too long. I’m cold to the core
Hold til you’re gone

Oh I held on too long, oh I’m cold to the core.
Hold til you’re gone
Track Name: Who I Was
Who I Was

I can recall the good times with you, who I was.
I’m just a shadow of me, I’m fading out quiet and slow.
Come up to me and hit me baby. Make it softly.
Help me to feel the lightning. I’m gonna stay right here and lie

Who will love you now that I’m gone
Call you lightly
Who will pull you back from the loss
Meet you nightly
Like the darkest ice on the highway
Touch it once and slide to the curbing
Who will love you now that I’m gone?

I need to hear the noise vibrations. Turn it up, now.
Something to fill the empty so I can just live in my mind.
Cars speeding down the hill past me. Sixty five.
Roar lingers, my ears rattle. Fill me up waste my goodbye

Chorus

I know, I know now
I’m gonna be right here waiting
I know, I know now
Oooh
I know I know now
I’m gonna be right here waiting now.
Track Name: Hold Me Down
Hold Me Down

Ride through the streets smell the fog and the rain
Cold through my hands drive me home to the pain
Can’t run anymore. I fall at your door

Scratch on the paper, mark down the lines
Letters to all of the fools in my mind
They’re cold on my hands. So slowly they tear.

So hold me down. Tear me away. Tear it away x2

Blood on the bar but the bottles on ice.
No one to call through the haze and low light.
Can’t think anymore. I drink till I’m sore.

Chorus

La la, la la.

Chorus

La la, la la.
Track Name: San Francisco Rain
San Francisco Rain

I love it most when it’s cold.
The kind of chill that cuts me right to the bone.
I’m the one in a t-shirt in the rain.
Move fast, blood flows, and I’ll be ok.

So why the hell am I here today.
Sweating like a waterfall in this subway.
2 more stops to where I step onstage.
A rush that keeps me on this runaway train.

Chorus
It ain’t bad but it ain’t San Francisco in the rain
A guitar’s moaning through the crashing ocean waves
We ain’t there but it’s just...just a simple kind of thing
It ain’t bad but it ain’t San Francisco in the rain.

Ain’t seen your face in 29 days
Seems like the journey home is through a maze.
Next town I promise is my very last goodbye
But an empty stage can feel so right.

Chorus

Ohhhh, it ain’t bad but it ain’t San Francisco.