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Wild Rose Half Past Midnight February 28,2018 Lions Pride Music Review

Wild Rose

Half Past Midnight

February 28,2018

Lions Pride Music

Review by Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



It’s funny. And save your Goodfellas jokes for later, this isn’t the time. I look at my calendar and it clearly says we’re living in 2018. However, everytime I listen to this new Wild Rose album, I’m suddenly transported back to 1986. How would I even know it was 1986? I wasn’t even alive in 1986, my parents didn’t know the other existed in 1986. A millenial with a laptop and iPhone should not be able to know what it’s like to be 1986. And yet here I am, listening to Wild Rose’s new album, and truly witnessing the power that only a band from the 80s can bring.


What I’m trying to say here is, this new Wild Rose is everything good about the 80s rolled neatly but filled to the brim in 11 songs. Get out your clipboards and checkboxes, your newest ballpoint pens, and push up your glasses, because we’re going through all the requirements. Wailing guitar solos? You bet your ass we got ‘em. Guitarists Andy Rock and John Bitzios bring to the table some serious chops and a sensible feel. Dimos Thomaidis keeps them in check on the sticks (check the box that says “excellent drumming”). The keyboard, manned by Dirty Haris, adds a great extra layer to the band’s sound, so you can check off both the “awesome keyboard” box and the “this man must have spent his whole life bullied with a name like that” box.


One thing that threw me for a loop on “Half Past Midnight” was how the song titles give way to an overall concept; about love and loss. The songs go “Hold Me,” “Too Late,” “Goodbye,” “Come Back, ”and later “Want You Back.” This band has a message, and god help them if you don’t understand it. I have nothing but good things to say about this band. Being around since 2004, they clearly have this whole “Power Rock” thing down smack.


I almost feel like I can call myself an 80’s kid. No? Yeah, I guess I’m jumping the gun a little. Nevermind that. Wild Rose’s “Half past Midnight” checks off all the boxes for a really great rock album.

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