Thursday 27th February 2014
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £18 / £20
Melting Vinyl are proud to announce the return of Midlake to these shores! The Texan folk-rockers will be bringing their new album, ‘Antiphon’, to St George’s Church with a revitalised lineup, since the departure of frontman and songwriter Tim Smith.
Vocalist/ guitarist Eric Pulido and the rest of the band have more than stepped up to the plate to write the newest chapter of the band’s illustrious career. Named after a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties, the new record is as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
“It’s always through the scope of Midlake,” says Pulido, “but on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky’s the limit.”
The band wrote and recorded Antiphon in six harmonious months – bar ‘Vale’, which had been demoed without Smith during recording of previous album ‘The Courage of Others’. With its ravishing, rippling textures symptomatic of Antiphon’s scale, ‘Vale’ showed how far they’d already come. The remaining nine tracks – the album is free-flowing in feel, concise in structure – confirm it’s very much Midlake, but uncannily rebooted, and relaxed.”
Steping into new roles, collaborating on songwriting and having Pulido take over as frontman, he admits it wasn’t the easiest transition for any of the band but the experience was enormously freeing: “Antiphon is the most honest representation of the band as a whole, as opposed to one person’s vision that we were trying to facilitate. We wanted to write in a way that wasn’t putting parameters around what it is we were creating. It was a more honest representation of who we really are.”
Don’t miss the chance to see this exciting incarnation of Midlake in the stunning St George’s Church!
NB: In our office break in before Christmas 117 Midlake tickets were stolen. Their numbers were 251-267, 281-305, 326-400. These tickets will not be accepted on the door at St George’s on the 27th. Please contact us if you have any concerns about the validity of your tickets.