I Think Like Midnight is an instrumental rock band formed by longtime devotees of the lost art of the succinct rock instrumental. Begun as a recording project, guitarist/songwriter Andrew Chalfen (The Trolleyvox, The Wishniaks, Gimme) and drummer Dean Clean Sabatino (The Dead Milkmen, Baby Flamehead) were so pleased with the results that they decided to release the material and put together a full band, recruiting bassist Josh Newman (American Altitude, The Silver Ages, Heyward Howkins Band) and keyboardist Joe Genaro (The Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, Low Budgets).
ITLM’s debut “Warm Seclusion Structure” (a term coined by the National Weather Service) was released in December 2014, surprisingly winning the praise of their instrumental heroes Pell Mell. The band has since honed their live sound, focusing on new material with forays into songwriting collaboration. The band recorded their new album over 2016-17 at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with engineer Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Sharon Van Etten) with additional recording by Chalfen at Trolleyvox Recording, with mixing by McTear and young upstart engineering genius Brendan Monahan.
"This Land Is Your Mind," is robust, expansive, deeply groovy, and definitely road-trip worthy. Highlights include the opener “Daychord,” a big sky driving opus with exultant melodic and sparkling nods to popsters like The Chills, the Krautrock-inflected Surf coolness of “Tuned Mass Damper,” and the epic closer “Miner Pocket Draft Gear,” which deftly mines both Television-like meters and pastoral psychedelic space rock. Lovers of the above-mentioned bands, as well as Yo La Tengo, Spoon, Luna, and The Sea and Cake will feel right at home. Their new 4-song “Kompromat EP” was released in late 2018 on Wilbur Records.
Reviews for This Land Is Your Mind:
"an explosive psychedelic journey. No doubt, most music obsessives (particularly in 2018) have listening habits that span the entire musical spectrum, but to hear so many sounds executed so truly in one place is exciting." John Vettese, WXPN/The Key Sessions [link]
" jam-packed with shimmering and often deliciously psychedelic guitar-driven soundtracks to road-trips way out West of Weirdsville – real or imagined." PopLib [link]
"There are so many good songs on the latest album" iHeartRADIO [link]
"No offense to singers, but maybe we don’t need you. This band...makes catchy, engrossing rock songs without uttering a word. The new record, This Land Is Your Mind, is a binge-worthy stream of bright sounds: a little surf, some earthy/folky parts, lots of beats and melodies to get lost in." Pat Rapa, Philadelphia Magazine [link]
"This one is a must-have. Get it now." LAMusicCritic [link]
Reviews of Warm Seclusion Structure:
Review of Warm Seclusion Stucture, along with an interview with ITLM's Andrew Chalfen at 50ThirdandThird.com
Review of Warm Seclusion Structure at Broken Hearted Toy.
WXPN's The Key Review of Warm Seclusion Structure and preview of 6/11/15 InstoSuperShow.
Preview of ITLM's 6/11/15 Johnny' Brenda's show from the Philadelphia City Paper: "I Think Like Midnight...place jangly guitar riffs into instrumental settings that are driving, playful and mysterious all at once."
Preview of ITLM's 12/19 show from the Philadelphia City Paper
"A vocal-less rock band that, to my ears, sounded like a cross between The Grateful Dead and Television." - Dave Van Ronk, Yeah, Another Blogger
And this, from Fritz in Washington, DC: "Music loving friends, I must tell you about a truly superb album I heard today: the debut LP by I Think Like Midnight. Sounding like a cross between the Pernice Brothers and Tortoise, it's exceptional in almost every way. The best new music I've heard in ages. Seriously. Their