Oct 29 2006
If you don’t know Midlake, it’s about time that changed. The band has a lot of exciting music, and I’m surprised I haven’t posted about them yet. With songs like “Some of Them Were Superstitious”, I can’t think of a better artist comparison than Grandaddy. Thom Yorke is not too far behind though. Midlake’s music has a ’70s folk/rock feel, with a strong presence of piano and acoustics.
Midlake was started by a group of jazz students attending the University of North Texas. The band is from Denton, Texas and is made up of frontman Tim Smith, guitarist Eric Pulido, bassist Paul Alexander, keyboardist Eric Nichelson, and drummer McKenzie Smith. When the group first started, they had funk/jazz roots, until they decided that they would expand their creativity by exchanging instruments to produce more of a pop sound. Jason Lee, the actor who plays Earl on the show My Name is Earl, is a huge Midlake fan, as is often promoting their music. He directed the bands music video “Balloon Maker” which you can see at their myspace.
The Trials of Van Occupanther:
Bamnan and Silvercork:
Buy Midlake’s albums at their site.