Posted in music on August 3, 2011

The Middle East @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Middle East

After it was reported that Australian band The Middle East announced their break-up from the stage at Splendour in the Grass, the band issued this statement:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :

writing to inform you that we're ceasing. i'm not sure if we'll make more music later on or not.
we don't feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won't list here and i'm afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i'd rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.
we had fun.
t.s elliot wrote 'you are the music while the music lasts', but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don't put too much stock in his quotes.
i'm very tired. until next time.
sincerely yours,
the middle east.
The band's new full length album was just released in the US in July. They never got around to visiting our shores in support.

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Comments (49)

not SLUNT, don't care

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:44 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:44 PM

9:44, classic use of the "Who?". Gotta love it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:45 PM

[yawns]

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:47 PM

That was a good one, 9:44. High five.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:49 PM

LMAO

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:51 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:52 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:52 PM

Beh

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:52 PM

This is worse than when ludacris broke up

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:54 PM

buh

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:54 PM

Viva el SLUNT.!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 9:59 PM

LMAO

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:00 PM

does anyone like this band?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:00 PM

LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:01 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:02 PM

they made a good album yo its really good

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:12 PM

"...it would just be a moneygrab. i'd rather go hungry."

Should show this quote to Zack de la Rocha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:13 PM

^and every band playing House of Vans

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:17 PM

This is worse than when Hitler broke up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:19 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:21 PM

Cease

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:25 PM

SLUNT LIVES

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:27 PM

yet the sun also rises

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 10:55 PM

i thought you meant the middle east in cambridge, ma.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 11:46 PM

the MEHdle east

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 11:48 PM

Amy is gone...

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 12:28 AM

^ STFU

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 12:29 AM

11:46:

I thought the same thing. I was sad for a sec.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:05 AM

im guessing these guys are no good. look they're australian and he looks dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:09 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:40 AM

I'm too stuck in my state of Dark Wave colliding with Chillwave to care. At one second, I'm just feeling euphoric states of constant chill. But, at the next I feel melodic states of dark waves. Its so dark, but so chill I kind of like it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:51 AM

1:51 AM

You forgot the witch house

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 3:20 AM

Yeah I'm sure these guys were really making a shit ton of money. This guy is so noble not to subject us to his brilliance without its' proper motivation. "I'm very tired." Gimme a fucking break.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 7:28 AM

They made a really good album. Seriously. There's a couple of duds, but I love 10 of the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:35 AM

I almost went into a real panic because I thought it was The Middle East venue in Boston. I'm sorry, but who is this band again?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:37 AM

Can anyone prove they like or know someone that likes this band?

LMAO

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:42 AM

lol @ moneygrab, "elliot," middle east

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 8:52 AM

[farts]

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 9:05 AM

Do our esteemed BrooklynVegan editors just post anything sent by bands that have a yuppie/hipster aesthetic – earnest looking white dudes w/ ray bans, check shirts, facial hair? This band is a bunch of nobodies!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 9:09 AM

"Do our esteemed BrooklynVegan editors just post anything sent by bands that have a yuppie/hipster aesthetic – earnest looking white dudes w/ ray bans, check shirts, facial hair? This band is a bunch of nobodies!"

Truer words have never been said.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 9:22 AM

I think if we get 100 comment posts on here, we can get The Middle East to reunite by next month.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 9:30 AM

He's tired ... poor baby.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:15 AM

this band was really good

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:45 AM

"Do our esteemed BrooklynVegan editors just post anything sent by bands that have a yuppie/hipster aesthetic – earnest looking white dudes w/ ray bans, check shirts, facial hair? This band is a bunch of nobodies!"

Yeah, and anything that deviates from this norm gets ignorantly slagged to no end (and for no real reason!).

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:48 AM

it's true ... there will be no peace in the Middle East

now i can get back to cleaning out my toe cheese

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:54 AM

"it's true ... there will be no peace in the Middle East"

If only Yasser Arafat was still alive...

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 10:57 AM

that ep was excellent and the new lp was solid as well. what disappointing news.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 1:35 PM

ramadam a ding dong

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2011 2:06 PM

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