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The Local Show: The Midnight Devils

The Midnight Devils are a national touring high energy glam slam boogie woogie rock n roll band out of
Omaha, NE, and Chicago, IL. Featuring Sam Spade on bass and vocals, Sniper on guitar, and the
indestructi0 rock n roll band that takes glam to the next level. Having done hundreds of shows
from coast to coast in support of their debut album Something Bigger, The Midnight Devils’ mix of rock n
roll, sexuality, and depravity are the perfect combination. The Midnight Devils have also toured as the
direct support act for UK rock legends The Quireboys in early 2020 and supported Yngwie Malmsteen,
Enuff Znuff, The Bullteboys, and Pretty Boy Floyd in 2021. Signing with Pavement Entertainment to
release their sophomore album produced by Chip Znuff, The Midnight Devils are the rock n roll force that
can’t be stopped.
This isn’t for the faint of heart and they’re not your average pretty boys or girls. They swear they smoke,
they wear more makeup than your girlfriend, and might even do things she won’t. The Midnight Devils
aren’t recommended for normal people but for those that live for the party and walk on the wild side….
The Midnight Devils might be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Nothing even comes close.

What is your musical background and how did this lead to you creating
the band?

Sam Spade – This year I am celebrating 20 years playing rock n roll in a touring band. I
think that’s a pretty cool thing to be proud of. I grew up in a small town in Nebraska and
my parents bought me a guitar when I was 16. I had discovered KISS through a friend at
school I knew immediately that I wanted to chase this dream and create something new and
exciting to propel me out of my city. So early on it was all KISS, Alice Cooper, and The New
York Dolls; those glam rock pioneers. Then I discovered The Ramones, The Misfits, and
Iggy Pop and things were never the same. The first band I was in was straight-up punk
rock and was the perfect starting point. We were terrible but entertaining and we put the
whole show on the road when we were 18 without our parents even knowing. It was
beautiful, just 4 guys cruising around the Midwest in an old church van. We learned how to
tour and how to be an unstoppable live act on the road. From there I joined an 80’s hair
band tribute show where Chris ‘Sniper’ Hineline and I formed the foundations for The
Midnight Devils. We wanted to combine all of our influences but not be a cover band and
do it all on our terms. Jimmy Mess joined the band and electrified us to put it all on the line
and start traveling around the whole USA instead of just the safety of the Midwest. We
released our first album independently in 2016 and have been touring ever since. The great
thing about this band is that when the three of us get on stage all hell breaks loose. It’s
beautiful and unpredictable and exactly everything rock n roll is supposed to be.

What aspect of your local scene do you most enjoy?

Sam Spade – I am honestly very proud to be from Nebraska. I love it here but let’s be
honest there isn’t a huge demand for wild lipstick-smeared glam rock n roll maniacs.
Needless to say in Nebraska they still don’t quite get us and the cool guys in the music
community still hate everything about us. That’s fine with me. Like I said I didn’t get in a
band to conquer Omaha we’ve got our eyes set on conquering the world. We travel so much
that I almost feel like our local scene is the entire USA. The thing I love most about that is
there are pockets of amazing rock n roll fans in every city that come out and show us so
much love as soon as we touch down. We’ve made lifelong friends all across the USA that
love this as much as we do. They grew up on the same music as we did and get excited
about what we are doing. I don’t feel like it’s strictly limited to Nebraska or Chicago but
rather we are out beating down the pavement spreading the word everywhere we go and
meet some of the most amazing people along the way.

How have connections with other local bands or with the local community helped to build your project?

Sam Spade – With The Midnight Devils it isn’t about what’s right in our backyard it’s
about getting out and spreading our wings. So the most amazing connections have come
through people we meet and work with on the road. Jimmy Mess lived with Chip Znuff for
two years and that connection got us to put on tour with Enuff Znuff and then Chip wanted
to produce our record. He’s the real deal rock n roll mayor of Glam Town and I am so
honored to call him a friend. Through Chip we got hooked up with Chuck at Artists
Worldwide who has been pushing us across the country back and forth all year long.
Chuck hooked us up with Tim and Mark at Pavement Entertainment which was the only
record label interested in even touching The Midnight Devils. We also toured very
extensively with Pretty Boy Floyd and they have the most die-hard fans in rock n roll. I just
sit and soak up every piece of information along the way. We watch the guys that have been
doing it successfully for 30 years and take what they are doing and make it our own.

What, in your eyes, makes your band unique?

Sam Spade – The Midnight Devils are the definition of unique. We are a next-generation
glam rock band with electrifying energy, drive, and charisma covered in a thick coat of
glitter and amplified by filthy loud guitars.

The makeup and outfits are just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone can throw on some makeup and girls’ clothes and stand on stage but not everyone can make the audience believe in the whole experience. Nothing in this band is
fake or made up. We push ourselves and our audiences to reach that exciting unpredictable
chaotic peek within our 45 minute set. After the show we are right there hanging out,
singing along with our heroes, and inevitably we are always the last ones to leave the party.
Musically we are a heart throbbing scream your lungs out guitar shredding three-piece
juggernaut. We try to write very catchy ass-shaking party anthems that are instantly
recognizable. Sniper brings this intense guitar virtuosity to the band that blows minds
everywhere we go. We mix that with Jimmy Mess’ Ramones-esque madman back beat on
the drums. It’s simple yet fun as hell. I get excited playing the songs and I want every
person standing in the audience to be just as excited as I am that The Midnight Devils are
in town.

How do you plan to take your music career beyond your local area?

Sam Spade – We have already taken The Midnight Devils across the United States 10 times.
We have played at some of the coolest venues like The Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood, CA,
Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ, and Harpos in Detroit. We have done massive festivals like
Rockfest in Wisconsin and Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. Now we have our sights set on
Europe and the rest of the world. As I sit here talking to you, I just received our work visas
for the UK. In 10 days the three of us will be flying to Europe to start a month-long tour of
6 different countries with our brothers in Enuff Znuff. So the plan is there and now it’s all
about executing and making it look really good. We are so excited to be crossing the ocean
to play our style of American rock n roll for all the maniacs in Europe. The next step is
Japan, Australia, and maybe even Mars.

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