Number of songs: 1 | Total weeks on charts: 2 Appearing in a total number of: 1 charts | Total period running: 7 days
The Middle East were a unique band out of Townsville in Queensland, Australia. They use various influences from post-rock to folk to ambient, creating a magical, hypnotic sound featuring varying instrumentation and gentle, addictive guitar hooks. Various members have at different times played in other North QLD based groups such as Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse, The Forest and We Are Buildings.
In 2006 they released a split EP with local Cairns band Sleeping In Trains which is still available at http://www.myspace.com/sleepingintrains.
Their debut full-length was released on 24th April 2008. They released their work as an EP in the United States in fall of 2009 and is available here at http://www.themiddleeastmusic.com. The EP, entitled "The Recordings of the Middle East" is a re-release of their earlier locally produced album of the same name, bar a few tracks. This album version is no longer in print.
Their live shows have been describe as "surreal" and often create a very calm, space-like atmosphere. Recently, Pitchfork Media offered a free download of the song "The Darkest Side" as a part of their weekly Forkcast; describing the song as "a simple, finger-plucked acoustic affair with alternating and harmonizing vocals that lend the hushed track a sense of beleaguered hope."
More recently, The Middle East have been experimenting with a more 'blue grass' orientated sound.
Their music is often played on "triple j" (a nationwide Australian radio network) and their song "Blood" is rumored to be appearing in a film to be released sometime in 2009.
Please visit http://www.myspace.com/visitthemiddleeast or vote for them on triple j unearthed: www.triplejunearthed.com.au/TheMiddleEast
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