The first step on The Hero’s Journey is “the call to adventure” and in literature and film this usually means a visit from a stranger, a treasure map is found, or a secret passage is revealed. In my life however, the call was so subtle I could barely hear it. For me, it came by way of a breakdown in my early 20s when I realized (maybe stoned in my friend’s dad’s minivan) that even if I got everything I ever wanted, that I probably wouldn’t be able to hold on to it. I didn’t know how to love myself. My life was elsewhere – all projection and filler. Shortly after that realization, I bought a plane ticket and left my hometown for the first time to find an adventure that I’d been missing. – Tyler Lyle, The Midnight
The Midnight release the romantic and moving ballad “Heart Worth Breaking” today. The new single tells a smalltown love story of a young couple with their lives ahead of them and is the first ballad to be released from the band’s forthcoming new LP Heroes – due out September 9th via Counter Records. “Heart Worth Breaking” follows a series of rousing singles including the infectious “Brooklyn. Friday. Love.,” the transcendent “Avalanche,” the electrifying “Heartbeat,” and the propulsive “Change Your Heart or Die” – exemplifying that the album’s massive highs are matched with emotive ballads that offer evocative real-life vignettes. Spanning 13 tracks, Heroes is a striking patchwork of portraits—and it will all come together when it comes alive.
The Midnight was started by Southern-born, Atlanta based singer/songwriter Tyler Lyle and Denmark-born, LA based drummer and producer Tim McEwan. Throughout the new album the duo excels at creating memorable songs with massive synths and singalong choruses that immediately resonate. Their expansion to a five-piece band with the addition of Lelia Broussard on bass, Royce Whittaker on guitar, and Justin Klunk on saxophone and synth has given the group the ability to realize their potential both on live and on record. Heroes was produced by The Midnight’s own McEwan and was mixed by Ingmar Carlson (Tate McCrae, Disclosure, Carly Rae Jepsen).
The band recently toured across the UK and Ireland this summer, selling out shows in Dublin, Glasgow and London’s Brixton Academy. It marked their third ever London show, previously selling out the Roundhouse, with The Express insisting that they are “without question, one of the next iconic rock acts of the generation” in their glowing review.
Heroes is the band’s fourth LP and the third in a trilogy of albums that started with 2018’s Kids – which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart – and was followed by Monsters in 2020. Lyle breaks it down very simply, “…for me, Kids is self-knowledge, Monsters is self-love, and then Heroes is empathy.” You can hear this shift in the new songs which are more visceral and warmer and it’s without a doubt that Heroes ushers in The Midnight’s next era with some of their biggest and boldest songs yet. Out September 9th, listen to new single ”Heart Worth Breaking” HERE, pre-order/pre-save the Heroes LP HERE.