Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Middlemen- Post Script
I think this blog is getting a case of the alt countries- case in point (again): The Middlemen's debut record "Post Script". But don't take that as a complaint, these guys are another example of awesome talent to come out of the southeast, combining a rootsy twinge into straight on rock and roll. Add to that some of the best songwriting I've heard in a while and you've got the Middlemen.
The record seems to have more tracks than most of the local groups in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area, but by no means does it mean that the record plays long. The 13 songs move along at a quick pace, starting out with a kick in the track "Afraid", dipping the tempo down a few songs later, but never slowing it completely. By the time the somewhat epic-final track "The Other Way" is reached, there's a good chance that you'll want to hear the record again. A few f these tracks that stand out and bear extra listens are "Most Beautiful Thing" (if you're a girl and like sweet songs, this one is a particularly sweet one), "Silver Screens" for a good rock out and "Stars" for a three minutes of singing along.
Having seen the guys play live a few times lately, it goes without saying that one needs to see them live if at all possible and you can appreciate the record even more. Singer Bobby Gray goes for it in live performances and you can't help but be pulled in (trust me, I was almost impaled with the neck of his guitar a few weeks ago at a house show). The band's on tour on a bit, so check out their myspace for dates, songs and live videos.