Midnight Faces – “Donna” (Stereogum Premiere)

“No more file sharing,” says Matthew Doty, the multi-instrumentalist behind Midnight Faces. Doty and Midnight Faces vocalist Philip Stancil now both live in Los Angeles where they can work together, not over the computer, on developing their post-punk, new wave-inspired sound. “Donna,” the newest track from Midnight Faces, is tidy and quick, underlining Midnight Faces’ proclivity for clean, to-the-point compositions. The track is driven from start to finish by a bouncy bass line. Jangly, upbeat guitar and Stancil’s buzzy vocals layered over the driving rhythm. Each instrumental facet gets its own moment to shine: The bass in the beginning sets the foundation for the track, the guitar introduced in the chorus gives the track its sanguine sound, and there’s a brief interlude where the percussion gets some attention too. The danceable vibe is contrasted by some darker lyrics: “I just want to be one of the boys, but I’m always stuck with Donna.” Listen below.

“Donna” is out 11/4 on Broken Factory. Pre-order it here, and check out Midnight Faces on tour:

11/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
11/04 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
11/06 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
11/07 Victoria, BC @ Victoria Event Centre *
11/08 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret *
11/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11/13 Washington, DC @ 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 *
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
11/23 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
* w/ Electric Youth