Fans of Midnight Syndicate know that they have been writing and developing eerie music for years. Now the band members want to bring their nightmarish music to the live stage and are looking to their devoted following to help them get there.
Check out the Midnight Syndicate Live! Kickstarter page, and be sure to visit the official Midnight Syndicate website.
From the Press Release
After 17 studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween horror music composers Midnight Syndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled Midnight Syndicate Live! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.
“We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears,” said band member Gavin Goszka, “a unique show that is not only a Midnight Syndicate concert but also something that stands on its own as a great horror multimedia experience.” In order to create the visual elements of the show, the band is teaming up with veterans from the special effects, film, and haunted house industries. The initial group includes special F/X legend Robert Kurtzman (Creature Corps, From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB EFX), director Gary Jones (“Xena”, Axe Giant), David “House” Greathouse (“Face/Off”, Mushroomhead), Jason Carter (“Babylon 5″, The Dead Matter), Beki Ingram (“Face/Off”) and Jason Blaszczak of Screamline Studios (Rob Zombie’s American Nightmare).
“Because of the style of our music and our ties to the film, roleplaying game, and haunted house industries, we’re in the perfect position to put together a unique show that blends the best of these different worlds,” said band member Edward Douglas.
“It’s a project almost two decades in the making. We want to bring your nightmares to life,” added Goszka.
“We’ve always been our own label and distributor with little commercial radio airplay, so it’s really been the fans’ support over these past 17 years that has allowed Midnight Syndicate to continue to grow. They really are the best fans in the world,” said Douglas. “This live concert is something that our fans have been asking us to do for many years. The Kickstarter campaign is giving us the opportunity to involve them from the beginning and allowing us to take this exciting next step together.”
About Midnight Syndicate
For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers, brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath, and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of films, television shows, video games, and at haunted attractions, amusement parks, and live performances worldwide.
Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties, and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong to Europe and the United States. The duo have released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original work has also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of “The Barbara Walters Special,” and in the drive-in film The Rage, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII, as well as by Monday Night Football and artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid, and The Misfits. In 2010 Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called The Dead Matter, directed, scored, and co-produced by Douglas alongside special FX legend Robert Kurtzman and director/producer Gary Jones.
Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists, and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan. In summer 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with Monsters of Legend, a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer, and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema. Monsters of Legend has quickly become the band’s most critically-acclaimed album to date.
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