Welcome to the land of deliciously vintage power pop with loads of soul — the Midwest Beat takes listeners there with their latest release, At the Gates, recently recorded at Madison’s Gates of Heaven synagogue, where they rang out the tones of the Byrds, Big Star, the Kinks and the Monkees in a room meant to capture the bright and jangly tones that the band is known for.
With band members hailing from both Madison and Milwaukee, the quartet makes good use of snappy drumming and melodic guitarwork with plenty of unaffected pop energy. Smashin’ Transistors reviewed the Midwest Beat as, “reminiscent of Gene Clark doing a song with Raspberries but without the dark cloud feeling that looms over a good chunk of the former and the overblowness that the latter could suffer from. It’s sparkly but there’s also grit.”
Catch some gritty power pop from the Midwest Beat on the radio airwaves of 91.7 FM WMSE tonight at 8 p.m. before you pay them a visit at the Dusty Medical Records 5th Anniversary show this Saturday June 26th at Club Garibaldi’s (which, incidentally is also the band’s release show for At the Gates). Listen online at WMSE.org or tune in at 91.7 FM on your radio dial.