Ears Wide Open: Minutes til Midnight


Cliff Magreta has been waiting for the clock to strike 12 for several years now –he began writing tunes as Minutes til Midnight around 2006 after the Shore, for whom he played bass, saw their record deal wash ashore. Since then, his exploits have included songwriting with other artists (he was a co-writer on Paul Oakenfold’s “No Compromise” and “Feed Your Mind,” for instance) and playing with electro-jammers Radio Freq. Now, Magreta has put the finishing touches on the MTM album “Vintage Hearts,” due out this autumn on Digital Noir Records. It’s a sharp collection of high-voltage rockers that sound a little “24 Hour Party People.” Magreta may originally hail from Detroit, but there’s some transatlantic electro shock going on, and to the implied question in “Medicate or Stimulate,” we vote “stimulate.”

||| Download: “Medicate or Stimulate”

||| Live: Minutes til Midnight opens for Har Mar Superstar on Sept. 24 at the Satellite.

||| Also: After the jump, check out the video for “Vintage Hearts”: