Posted in music | tour dates on February 15, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - Blood (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Middle East - The Darkest Side (MP3)

The Middle East

Way back in November, we mentioned that Australian band The Middle East would be making their first US appearance around SXSW 2010. Well, we can announce one of the shows on that trip (if not the first) will be the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase with Here We Go Magic, Califone and Serena Maneesh at Club DeVille on Wednesday, March 17th. With those four bands announced, that leaves just two more TBA (stay tuned).

The Middle East will also be at at Coachella in April. And they're on the currently-unannounced lineup for Sasquatch Fest, which is being revealed at a show tonight (2/15) in Seattle with Surfer Blood and Atlas Sound. That festival will be happening in Gorge, Washington, over Memorial Day weekend (5/29-5/31 this year). Pavement will be there. Pictures from last year are here and here. Three day passes for 2010 are on sale.

We also reported back in November that The Middle East would share a few bills with Grizzly Bear while the headliner was touring Down Under, but, as abc.net reported on January 13th, "The Middle East pulled out of their shows with Grizzly Bear after singer and guitarist Rohin Jones broke his collarbone in a bike accident." Ouch.

The two stellar songs above are off the Middle East's debut EP, The Recordings of the Middle East , which came out in the US last October. "Blood" is a slow-build anthem that erupts about 2/3rds through into a joyful group chorus (bolstered by an actual chorus in one of the live videos below). "The Darkest Side" is a more straight-through downtrodden moper - for that reason the hook is all the more sticky.

"Blood" three different times and all tour dates (currently only the festivals) are below...

The Middle East - Blood (live at The Old Museum, Brisbane, June 4 2009)

The Middle East "Blood" - Live @ The Ed Castle, February 28th 2009

The Middle East - Blood official video

The Middle East - 2010 Tour Dates
Mar 17 BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase @ Club DeVille Austin, TX
Apr 18 Coachella Indio, CA
May 29-31 Sasquatch Music Fest George, WA

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Comments (13)

YES!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 11:51 AM

Love this band!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 11:51 AM

AWESOME! BV SXSW Showcase is gonna kick ass!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 11:55 AM

Ah, if only the Middle East played at the Middle East (in Cambridge). I think that the universe would probably collapse on itself. And it would be AWESOME!

Posted by Mr. F | February 15, 2010 12:00 PM

Great Video are they going to release an album via MP3 on the web or come to the UK.

Posted by Crystal | February 15, 2010 1:54 PM

Love these guys, looking forward to a full U.S. tour at some point.

*waits for the inevitable 'meh' guy to show up*

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 2:35 PM

Fabulous news!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 4:44 PM

MASSIVE ATTACK AT SASQUATCH!

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2010 1:45 AM

mehddle east

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2010 8:08 AM

LOVE them! they're going to be awesome :) about time they got more attention!

Posted by ash | December 20, 2010 4:06 PM

YES!! hope they're adding some more tour dates - they def deserve more exposure! i love their music!!

Posted by yes | December 20, 2010 4:07 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:59 PM

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