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SAMANTHA CRAIN WOULD like to thank a fan in Texas who put her and her band, the Midnight Shivers, up for the night.”She gave us free rein of her house for the day even though she wasn’t going to be there half the time,” Crain recalls.”Although the music industry is being affected by the economy, it’s great that people are still fans of music and want to help out as much as they can.”
The Shawnee, Okla., native has been getting used to life on the road: In early 2008, she released her debut,”The Confiscation EP,” and has been touring almost constantly ever since. The kindness of strangers, however, is perhaps newer: Thanks to her nonstop travels, new legions of fans have discovered Crain’s inventively melodic folk rock, crisply evocative lyrics, and throaty, skewed vocals.
Crain is poised to win over even more listeners this spring with the release of her first full-length effort, the accomplished and moody”Songs in the Night.” Recorded with veteran producer Danny Kadar, the album shows what a difference a year on the road can make, and how that experience can sharpen and mold a young artist.
“The Confiscation EP” was meticulously planned out and recorded one instrument at a time by a relatively untested singer whose inspirations were more literary than musical.”I was almost solely focused on the lyrics,” says Crain,”and the music was second to that.”
“Songs in the Night,” however, was recorded live in the studio, with an emphasis placed squarely on music and melody.”We’re a very vibe-based band,” Crain says.”We play off each other a lot. We could all see each other while we were playing the songs, which is why it sounds a little looser and rawer. I just really wanted a record of what the band sounded like at that time.”
Written by Express contributor Stephen M. Deusner