Midlake Gigography

2008


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 * If the (Smoking Section -- a part of RS) had one regret from '07, it was that we were never in the same city as Midlake. The Denton, Texas, fivesome awed us with the mellow explorations of The Trials of Van Occupanther, and we're happy to report that they're home, taking their sweet-@$$ time on the follow up. "It will be called The Courage Of Others," reports singer Tim Smith. "I think it will sound darker not dark like Sabbath, but a little more minor-key." Whereas Van Occupanther was recorded in their living room ("That was tough because of roommates"), Midlake now occupy their own studio in Denton, with families and dogs waiting at home. "We've been going in at 8 a.m. and we're done by 5," says Smith, whose songwriting has been influenced, most recently, by No Other, the 1974 solo gem from Gene Clark of the Byrds. "We were jammin' pretty hard this morning," Smith says. "We said to ourselves, 'No other rock band does this at 9:30 in the morning.' " - Rolling Stone (January 2008)


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