New York City, 2008.
A string player from California.
A singer-songwriter from Scotland.
A drummer/producer from Detroit.
Two Seconds To Midnight is born.
Blending brooding strings, intricate rhythms and the brutally honest lyrics of Scottish front man Zig Payton that effortlessly morph from hear-a-pin-drop intimacy to soaring through-the-roof-and-beyond codas, comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mogwai and The Frames but even the band themselves admit to not really planning where the music can go next, leaving a vast frontier in front of them. That’s the way they like it.
It started as a acoustic ‘side-project’ between Zig Payton and Hannah Hens-Piazza to pass time between other projects, rehearsing in a wine bar in Queens before the bar opened its doors to the public. They toiled away on Zig’s songs of messy love, longing and bad hangovers. Josh Moyer soon joined the fold and took things to the next level, adding his unique rhythms and soon after, with the help of some local musician friends to round out the sound, they released their debut ‘Architecture’ in 2010.
A stroke of luck hit when HBO caught wind of the song ‘Opt1m1sm’ from that album and used it in the worldwide promo campaign for the second season of Boardwalk Empire.
Since then they have been working on their much anticipated, self-titled follow up with legendary drummer/producer Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace, REM) in the co-production and mixing seat, released Oct 2013.
The band are currently working on new material and have added long-time friend George Flanagan (El Jezel/Flying Pace) and bass player Tom Rizzacasa (The Bone Chimes) to the fold.
Zig Payton – vocals, guitar
Hannah Hens-Piazza – violin, viola, glockenspiel, piano
Josh Moyer – drums, percussion, beats
George Flanagan – guitar, samples
Tom Rizzacasa – bass