Like a lot of NYC relationships, Bettie After Midnight started out with an online ad. After meeting in February 2005 at a trashy midtown sports bar, the girls left with good vibes and scheduled a trial rehearsal. A couple of hours in, they had exceeded their own expectations by writing their first song, the forceful and uncompromising ode to self-possession entitled "Step Aside."
The ladies of Bettie After Midnight continued to make progress with break-neck speed. In just over one month, they had composed seven more original songs and proved their mettle with a debut at the legendary rock club CBGB's. On the heels of more successful shows, the band adhered to a relentless practice schedule leading up to their first recording session. Their gritty determination paid off - all eight tracks were aced in one or two takes. Over the course of one weekend, Bettie After Midnight had laid down the foundation for their first album, "Exploits of a Girl Gang."
With the release of their CD came even more opportunities for Bettie After Midnight. In addition to frequent bookings at area venues, the trio has leapt off the stage, hitting the airwaves! The band wrote and self-produced the theme song to Playboy Radio's popular program, "Night Calls," which can be heard by over 4 million XM Satellite Radio subscribers. Next, the girls will perform at ROCKRGRL Magazine's 2005 Music Conference in Seattle, Washington. And in March 2006, Bettie After Midnight will be featured in a two-page spread in "Scrap and the City," a coffee-table book from SoHo Publishing Company.
With music that is all at once heavy, catchy, intelligent and energetic, Bettie After Midnight draws from the girls' wide-range of influences. Odette loves 1960's surf, 1970's punk, Sun country, rockabilly and psychobilly. Michele is partial to industrial and operatic metal, but was reared on 90's college rock and riot grrl. Lauren surrounds herself with all genres, from pop to hard rock and hip-hop. Despite their musical disparity, all three work collaboratively to create music and lyrics, with no one member calling the shots. While they don't always agree, the band is driven to work hard, be creative and achieve a tight sound. Occasional tension does not stand in the way of a genuine friendship between the women.
In a short time, this young band has already accomplished their early goals and shows no signs of slowing. With the skill, the image, and, most importantly, the sound, Bettie After Midnight is a band you'll be hearing plenty about in the near future.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Over the Edge
2. Thin Veil
3. The Last Time
4. Step Aside
6. Graceful and Hateful