Origin: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Genre: Pop punk, Emo
Years active: 1998–2005, 2014–present
2000: Save the World, Lose the Girl
2002: Living Well Is the Best Revenge
2004: Forget What You Know
1999: The Sacrifice of Life
2000: Donots vs. Midtown Split 7″
2001: Millencolin/Midtown Split
Punk Goes 80s
Midtown provided a cover of “Your Love” by The Outfield for this compilation album
Punk Goes Acoustic (“Knew It All Along”)
Midtown is an American pop punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Midtown was formed in November 1998 by three Rutgers University students, but soon became a quartet. The group released three full-length studio albums and three extended plays before disbanding in 2005. Vocalist/bassist Gabe Saporta later went on to form synthpop band Cobra Starship, while guitarist Heath Saraceno later joined Senses Fail. In early 2014, Midtown reunited to play three shows, the first as a secret show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, and the two remaining at the Skate And Surf Festival.
Midtown was formed in 1998 by Rutgers University students Gabe Saporta (vocals/bass), Rob Hitt (drums), Tyler Rann (guitar/vocals). The group added Heath Saraceno on guitar/vocals, and used its roots in the New Jersey punk scene to develop a sound that combined elements of pop punk and punk rock. Midtown began recording shortly after its formation. The band’s first EP, The Sacrifice of Life, was released by Pinball Records in 1999, followed by a debut album, Save the World, Lose the Girl, released in early 2000 by the Drive-Thru Records label. The band was then upstreamed to MCA for its following album, Living Well Is the Best Revenge (2002).
Midtown’s next album, Forget What You Know (2004), was produced while the band was not under contract with a record label and was later picked up by Columbia Records. This was the band’s final studio album; they disbanded shortly after its release, in 2005. Former frontman Gabe Saporta is now the lead singer of alternative dance/synthpop band Cobra Starship. Former guitarist Heath Saraceno joined the band Senses Fail in 2005 but decided to leave them in 2009 to pursue personal endeavors. Tyler Rann went on to sing for Band of Thieves with some friends but eventually left the music business and now works in the fashion/clothing industry.