November 20, 2020

East Temple Avenue is a new project put together by the Australian guitarist, songwriter and producer Darren Phillips and he also hosts a melodic rock radio show back in his native Sydney. He has built up a wealth of contacts due to the show and this has already led to an album of collaborations being released under the The Darren Phillips Project name and Volume One has already been released with another album in the pipeline.

Running alongside this, Phillips has also developed another project in East Temple Avenue with Both Sides Of Midnight being the first album under that moniker. This project began to see life in 2018 when Phillips began discussions with some very well established melodic rock artists including the bass player Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh), lead guitarist Philip Lindstrand (Find Me, Arkado) and drummer Herman Furin (Work of Art). The next musician on board was fellow Australian guitarist and singer Dan Sjkeed of the band Urban Stone and the line-up was then completed by the triumphant recruitment of American Robbie Le Blanc (Find Me, Blanc Faces). Now these are all fine, quality musicians and they have produced a most superior, slick and glossy melodic rock album that will appeal to fans of Foreigner, AOR era Rainbow and with Robbie Le Blanc at the microphone then you are also going to have a flavour of Find Me and Blanc Faces too. The songs are sumptuous and delivered with style, precision and warmth with some gorgeous anthemic ballads and great stadium rockers too making this a delightful melodic rock album albeit with a hard and cutting edge. Due to lock down, the album was written and was produced in studios in Australia, Sweden and the US before final mixing and mastering in Sydney. This now appears to be the new way with the band members not meeting and just sending music parts to each other which is fine enough when releasing an album but it takes away the chance to try and perfect the material on the road and then there is sure to be a mad panic to rehearse for live shows when we are allowed to attend concerts again. 

The album has already seen a couple of singles released in digital format and they appear to have done quite well and have even led to this record deal with AOR Heaven so life does indeed go on. The fact that the musicians were not in the same room has not had any detrimental effect on this album as the material is so together and all perfectly formed, worked and delivered making the album a true melodic rock delight.

Both Sides Of Midnight track list

  1. Mountain (3:36)
  2. Don’t Make Believe (3:58)
  3. Fool For Love (5:25)
  4. My Last Breath (4:26)
  5. Everything (4:35)
  6. Forever Yours (4:25)
  7. Fly High (4:07)
  8. When I’m With You (3:43)
  9. The End Of Me And You (3:52)
  10. Where Love Is (3:29)