From The Floppy Disk
|"Brooklyn. Friday. Love."|
|Single by The Midnight|
|from the album Heroes|
|Released||August 3, 2022|
|Heroes track listing|
|The Midnight singles chronology|
The song was written by band members Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan alongside Nikki Flores and Royce Whittaker. It was produced by McEwan. It has a running time of three minutes and 52 seconds and is in the key of F major. Brooklyn. Friday. Love. has its roots in Lyle's From The Secret Lair project, first appearing on episodes 7 and 25 of season one before being released on Mr. Green's B Sides. A breakdown of the track by McEwan was streamed on Twitch on August 5, 2022.
In an interview with Magnetic Magazine, Lyle elaborated on the song's meaning:
I wrote the initial version of Brooklyn. Friday. Love. in 2016 as a surf rock song while I was living in Ft. Greene. On days when I couldn’t stand staring at my computer screen anymore- usually around 4:00, I would get on a Citibike and ride up Flushing Avenue around the Navy Yard to Williamsburg.
My wife was working long hours at a corporate job in Midtown and usually wasn’t home before 8, so I would walk, well, I would walk and drink Happy Hour bourbon and cokes at Skinny Dennis, and I would look for books at Spoonbill & Sugartown, and vinyl at Rough Trade.
There was a refreshingly weird creative energy that permeated gentrifying Brooklyn that I’d never felt before. It struck me as a kind of weirdo heaven for a kid who grew up in the Bible Belt. When I die I want to go to Skinny Dennis and hear Zydeco or some Bushwick loft party Modular Synth set. Anyway, the place changed.
Apple and Whole Foods soon arrived in Williamsburg and Ft. Greene, the rents went up, the neighbors were no longer starving artist types. My wife and I also grew up- we had a baby and shortly thereafter we decided to end our five year relationship with Brooklyn.
The song became a Midnight song in 2021- two years after I left Brooklyn for Atlanta. I went back to visit New York for the first time during a lull in COVID waves to see my old neighborhood. 1/3 of the businesses were closed. There was more graffiti, and trash piled on the street like I’d never seen it before. I felt like I was seeing the ghost of an old friend. Reworking the song as an idyll to fit The Midnight felt like a way to honor the strangeness and vibrancy of a Brooklyn that seemed to disappear.
Thankfully most of the splendor has returned to the shabby neighborhoods I love, but I’m approaching my late 30s now, with a family and a mortgage and a more predictable life. The thought of drinking absinthe, or staying up past midnight to watch live music, or spending a day writing indie pop songs in an unheated Bushwick squat is unimaginable. This song is about an ideal that may still exist. It just can’t exist for me anymore.
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- 30th November, 2023
- Tour - A four-date India tour is announced for February 2024. The shows will take place in Bangalore, Aizawl, Dimapur, and Meghalaya beginning on February 18. These will be The Midnight's first shows in India.
- 14th November, 2023
- Tour - Due to popular demand, an additional San Francisco show at The Independent is planned for December 30. This will accompany the already announced New Year's Eve show.
- 21st October, 2023
- Tour - The Fall 2023 North American Tour concludes with a show at the Live Out Music Festival in Monterrey.
- 2nd October, 2023
- Tour - A New Year's Eve show at The Independent in San Francisco is announced. The Midnight will be accompanied by Droid Bishop and Danny Delorean.
- 19th September, 2023
- Tour - The Summer 2024 Australian Tour is announced with three shows planned in the cities of Sydney (February 29), Brisbane, (March 1) and Melbourne (March 2). This will be first time since 2019 that The Midnight have performed in Australia.
- 16th September, 2023
- Tour - The Fall 2023 North American Tour kicks off at the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta, GA.
- 1st September, 2023
- Music - Red, White and Bruised: The Midnight Live is released on all platforms.
- 15th August, 2023
- Music - Red, White and Bruised: The Midnight Live is announced for a full release on September 1, 2023. In addition to vinyl, a new cassette version is also available for pre-order. The digital and cassette versions contain eight additional tracks.
Did You Know?
- ...that Tim McEwan co-wrote and produced a song for New Kids On The Block?
- ...that Tim McEwan once played drums in the Eurovison Song Contest?
- ...that Lost & Found was originally released on the Tyler Lyle album The Native Genius of Desert Plants?
- ...that The Midnight's first live concert was at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco in July 2017?
- ...that the voice in the intro of River of Darkness is from a guy named Eric?
- ...that The Midnight Remixed is the band's first release to appear on a Billboard chart?
- ...that Dream Away was described by Tim McEwan as being an ode to "Pure Moods compilations from the 90s"?
- ...that Dance With Somebody was once in a different key and had a guitar solo instead of a sax solo?
- ...that WeMoveForward was the first song written by the band?
- ...that Nighthawks and Lonely City were once one combined song?
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- "ｔｈｅ ｍｉｄｎｉｇｈｔ on Twitter". Twitter. August 5, 2022. Archived from the original on August 5, 2022. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
- Vance, Will (August 4, 2022). "Lyrics To The Midnight's 'Brooklyn.Friday.Love.' And The Story That Put Words To Music - Magnetic Magazine". Magnetic Magazine. Archived from the original on August 5, 2022. Retrieved June 11, 2023.