“Children of the Grounds”
Midlake is bringing their winter-sunshine-subdued style of folk rock to Turner Hall Ballroom this Tuesday, opening for west coast poignant pop-ers, Rogue Wave. Midlake’s The Courage of Others was released in January on Bella Union and Bella promoted the band as such, “The Courage of Others is the lusted after return of the Denton, Texas five-piece, Midlake. Recorded over the course of two years, The Courage of Others sees the band blending early Brit folk influences with thick-throated guitars as they propel themselves toward new sounds and emotions. Creeping and epic, [the album] flows smoothly as flute, guitars and voice are woven into broad cloaks of sound.”
Since their much-lauded 2006 release The Trials of Van Occupanther, Midlake has gained ground with a unique and good-creepy folk sound, anchored by Tim Smith’s velvety deadpan vocals. The band that formed in 1999 as a jazz/funk Herbie Hancock-influenced outfit, eventually grabbed onto the coattails of Radiohead and Jethro Tull and the lo-fi psych-electronica of Grandaddy and the Flaming Lips. Today, these influences are harder to pick out, but one can faintly hear them if they keep an open ear.
Want a copy of The Courage of Others? Be the first to email WMSE Music Director Erin Wolf at wolf (at) msoe (dot) edu and write ‘I Want The Courage of Others’ in the subject line and it’s all yours.* Midlake opens for Rogue Wave at Turner Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, September 21. 8 p.m. All-ages.
*Congrats to our contest winner, Toby!