Midnight Faces
Credit: Greer K. Bratschie

On their recent album The Fire Is Gone, LA’s Midnight Faces (multi-instrumentalist Matthew Doty and vocalist Phil Stancil) mix The Jesus and Mary Chain’s sugary sledgehammer aggression with The Strokes’ scruffy pop sensibilities and a hint of contemporary radio pop. That sounds like a sure-fire recipe for success in 2014, and accordingly the band’s currently out on the road with the rising electropop act Electric Youth. Reporting in from the road, the duo shares this playlist of what they’ve been playing in the van, which includes everything from Led Zeppelin to French death-techno.

Led Zeppelin – IV

The whole album. If you want to turn beautiful mountains into kickass mountains, this is your soundtrack.

Gesaffelstein – “Viol”

For when the van turns into a warehouse party. A warehouse party with three dudes.

Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill”

We were on our way to get burritos in The Mission district after the San Fran show for this one. It’s a great song to listen to when you’re on any sort of quest.

Jonsi and Alex – “Happiness”

Long night? Not ready to talk to your bandmates yet this morning? Pop your headphones on, grab a cup of coffee, and have yourself a little “me time.”

Father John Misty – “O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me”

Doyle (our drummer) fell asleep at the wheel with this tune on.

Friendly Fires – “Hurting”

This one wakes Doyle back up. It’s a conditioned response to the time he saw them live and danced a lot.

Destroyer – “Kaputt”

This song. So good. Lots of chorus on your guitars and a horn section? I’m listening.

Electric Youth – “Runaway”

This song gets better every night. When that keyboard kicks in around 2:30. Gah…chills.

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

I mean, like you don’t already know this song. Now go listen to it while driving through some small towns in southern Oregon. At dusk. And it smells like campfires.

Big Black Delta – “Money Rain Down”

Why is this guy/band not huge? Dunno, but we think he should be.

Midnight Faces – Fall 2014 Tour

11/12 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

11/13 – Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *

11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ District N9NE *

11/15 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

11/16 – Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta

11/18 – Toronto, ON @ Hoxton *

11/19 – Detroit, MI @ TBA

11/20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College

11/21 – Chicago, IL @ TBA

11/23 – Denver, CO @ Lions Lair

*- w/ Electric Youth #-w/ Catfish and The Bottlemen