The raw nerve of punk, the textured bite of grunge, and the swagger of classic rock collide in MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY, who forge anthems from scrappy riff-rock and bombastic melody, transforming adolescent urgency into timely and timeless tunes. Midnight Butterfly formed before any of the girls in the band were old enough to drive, yet the music they make together taps into the same sensibilities that drove everyone from John Lennon to Keith Richards, from Kurt Cobain to Billie Joe Armstrong. Citing a diverse group of influences that includes the Beatles, Queen, Nirvana, and Sunny Day Real Estate, Midnight Butterfly have rabidly devoured the rock n’ roll songbook, eager to summon the same spark that ignited their heroes. The girls in the group, who were all elementary-aged when they met at a Round Rock music school in 2014, share a love of classic songs and their own rapidly evolving original material. Midnight Butterfly was voted the Number 2 Band Under 18 at the Austin Music Awards in recognition of their formidable live skills sharpened with performances at local events like Austin Trail of Lights and Pecan Street Festival. Released in the fall of 2018, the band’s self-titled debut EP is comprised of short blasts of impassioned energetic magic balanced by melancholic acoustic detours, demonstrating a diversity and intensity seemingly beyond their years. The EP was produced by Matt Graves, mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World), and mastered by Will Yip (Code Orange, Circa Survive, Say Anything). To paraphrase the man born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the reports of the death of rock music are greatly exaggerated. One needs look no further than the celebrated hotbed of indie culture known as Austin, Texas for evidence of the oft-underestimated genre’s persistence, proudly represented by this female five-piece.