Bryan, Texas - You may know him as the frontman of the ever so popular Austin synth rock duo Ghostland Obervatory (Sad Sad City ring a bell?), Aaron Behrens is taking some time during the group’s hiatus to do his own thing. On his walk away from Ghostland, he gathered The Midnight Stroll and hit the stage at the past ACL, where he introduced the world to a new style — western rock ‘n’ roll meets psychedelic synthesizers. But fans don’t have to fear, although Ghostland Observatory is on hiatus, Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll are holding it down as band to reckon with, and if you’re a Ghost-er, you’re probably gonna be a Stroll-er just the same.
Doors will open at the Grand Stafford Theater at 8 p.m. with the first act set to begin playing at 9 p.m. Tickets are being sold for $10 in advance and can be bought online at grandstaffordtheater.com, or for $12 at the door.
Behrens is excited to start fresh, stepping away from the stadium fame Ghostland achieved over the years. He even cut his iconic Native American-style braids for a new look. "I needed to see who I was without the braids," he explains, pointing to his short haircut in an interview with The Austin Chronicle. "I needed to shatter the ego by shattering the image. I felt that it was not being true to myself anymore, and I was getting lost in something I didn't want to get lost in." And so, he harvested all his new music from the fabric of his soul. Elements of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and so much more can be found in the rich soils of his fresh, well-crafted sound.
Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll will be joined by Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, a catchy rock group with roots in England that has critics such as, ahem, The Rolling Stone, raving. Armstrong composes scratchy, hook-laiden, left field, rock ‘n’ roll with a dip of tobacco psychology. Also on the bill are The Happen-ins, the “torch carriers” of a mythical blend of blues and R&B, blurring the lines of classic taste and youthful filth — a veritable mobile house party of analog gems.