Friday, November 15, 2013
Denton band Midlake opens for Pearl Jam in Dallas tonight
See video of their new web series, plus our two cents about the new album, Antiphon.
DENTON Former front man Tim Smith’s departure from Midlake was the best thing to ever happen to the band. Granted, this group of Dentonites achieved national acclaim long before that happened, but their new album, Antiphon, is testament to this newfound awesomeness. And as a recently converted fan of the band, I’m anxious to see how crowds on this next bout of tour dates react to the band's new sound.
Anyone who has heard previous Midlake releases will immediately notice a stark difference between Antiphon and the rest of the band’s catalog. Midlake travels an indie path that is not only more approachable, but also less focused. Albums like 2010’s The Courage of Others seemed to sequester the band from influences outside the freak-folk genre. Antiphon relishes in the hazy cloud of reverb over the vocals and the more prominent role of percussion without losing the folk-inspired songwriting.
Additionally, the band maintains the flute and string elements that make it different from other indie bands on the circuit. For a simple comparison, it evokes a sense of Grizzly Bear with the drumming undertones Local Natives and the eclectic flair of Active Child. (Some have compared Midlake to ‘60s rock bands like Jethro Tull, which I personally find a bit farfetched.)
The band recently gave a tour of Denton as part of a new video series called Off Main St. They took listeners to Denton's Redwood Recording Studio, Paschall Bar (which the band owns) and the home where the band lived together for many years. The video series follows “today’s most captivating musical talent thriving outside the mainstream.”
Vocalist and guitarist Eric Pulido says of Denton: “It’s cool because there is what feels like this antiquated thing of like a land of opportunity, kind of. You make your own here in Denton and you see a lot of folks doing that.”
You can view the entire web-based episode below before catching Midlake at American Airlines Center as the opener for Pearl Jam Friday night. After that, the group heads cross-country with another local darling, Sarah Jaffe, before a run in Europe.Follow @tineywristwatch
h/t Rolling Stone
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