Open Till Midnight with Minor Soul
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Open Till Midnight
Open Till Midnight is an American pop-rock band formed in New York in 2008. The band currently comprises Matt Ballinger on lead vocals, Mike Cook on rhythm guitar and vocals, Ross Deutsch on lead guitar, Keith Gooberman on bass, and Zachary Eldridge on drums. With their unique lyrics and attention to songwriting, OTM delivers a true to formula melodic sound that is one of the most polished and promising acts to come out of New York City.
In 2013, the band finished their debut record. The album was produced by Grammy Award winner, Marc Swersky (Joe Cocker, Roger Daltey, Hillary Duff) and mixed by legendary rock mixer, Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Neon Trees, Bloc Party, Youngblood Hawke, Silversun Pickups, Pink). Armed with this new record and having now played hundreds of shows at iconic clubs and ballrooms (Webster Hall Grand Ballroom, Bowery Ballroom, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Viper Room), OTM is primed to compete on the world stage.
Minor Soul is an acoustic-pop band created by two young brothers, Jack and Max Wagner, aged 20 and 18. Born in London of English and American parents, they grew up in a high-rise overlooking Hong Kong's storied waterfront, raiding their father's collection of Rock classics - everything from the Velvet Underground and Bowie to Jeff Buckley. Add an insatiable hunger for the latest sounds coming out of Europe and the US and you have a singer-songwriter duo who, despite their youth, have been experimenting, performing and writing together for years, and who display a deep sense of song crafting tradition - influenced by the likes of Dylan, the Beatles and Green Day.
In Summer 2011, Minor Soul recorded an album at Henson Studios in Los Angeles produced by Dave Stewart, formerly of 1980s rock group the Eurythmics. The music videos for "Beneath My Skin" and "Alice", among the many stand-out tracks on this debut recording, are growing in YouTube views.
They recently worked with ASCAP-winning songwriter Toby Gad in Los Angeles, co-writing and recording two songs. While in Los Angeles, the brothers also worked with songwriters Rune Westberg and Steve Diamond, co-writing and recording another song. Jack and Max Wagner are currently based in New York City, performing live and spreading the word about Minor Soul.
Jack, who in his summers has studied at Berklee and Guildhall Schools of Music, plays guitar, drums, keys and sings with a plaintive, folky baritone.
Max, who has traveled Asia as a child actor in stage productions and studied voice at Guildhall in London, is largely self-taught on guitar, bass and piano. He sings with a lilting, soul-baring tenor. Together they blend in a way some have described as the new Simon & Garfunkel.
The two write and sing their own songs and harmonies and shun the manufactured music route. Every lyric and melody reflects their inner city roots - inspired by rockers and folkies of pop culture's past, neo-Punk rockers, US radio charts and the BBC... all swirling around into one sonic melting pot called Minor Soul.