Promoting the release of their 4th studio album ‘Antiphon’, Texas rock band Midlake have officially confirmed a brand new Irish tour date for 2014. In association with Aiken Promotions, Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Midlake will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday the 23rd of February 2014. Tickets for Midlake live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €23 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Midlake live at Vicar Street in Dublin this coming February 2014.
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An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas’ favourite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
Anyone who knows Midlake’s preceding albums will recognise some constituent parts of Antiphon: the quirky psychedelia of 2004 debut Bamnan and Slivercork, the ‘70s soft-rock strains of breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther and the Brit-folk infusion of 2010’s The Courage Of Others. But their fourth album is another fascinating departure, but also a logical progression. The sound is simultaneously familiar and changed.
“It’s always through the scope of Midlake,” says vocalist / guitarist Eric Pulido, “but on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky’s the limit.”
This growth is down to the ambition and ability of Pulido (vocals, guitars, keyboards) Paul Alexander (bass, keyboards, bassoon, guitars, backing vocals), McKenzie Smith (drums, percussion) and Eric Nichelson (guitars, autoharp), plus Jesse Chandler (keyboards, piano, flute, backing vocals) and Joey McClellan (guitars, backing vocals) from Midlake’s last live incarnation. But it’s also down to the absence of Midlake’s former singer Tim Smith, who left the band in November 2012.
Antiphon will be released on the 1st of November 2013 via Bella Union.
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