After four years of discovery The Middle East have arrived! Armed with a debut EP the band are preparing to embark on their maiden Australian tour. So where have they been? Overseas? On the seas? Well,yes, but for the most part living quietly and comfortably in Queesland's northern villages. While North Queensland has been the band's hub, many members have left the sunny skies to discover different pastures .. But luckily most have returned and the core of the Middle East is back as it once was - making music and touring.
'The Recordings Of The Middle East' was originally self released by the band in 2008 and sold through their website, but this year Spunk is re-issuing the mini album for the first time with new packaging and a new track-listing. Their singing and song writing on this mini LP imbues the sound of everything from chamber pop to psych folk. Alive with delicate acoustic sounds and romantic reveries, 'Recordings of the Middle East' is one of the best collections of songs Spunk has had the pleasure to release in recent years. And above all, it provides great entertainment.
After 5 minutes and 27 seconds of Blood you'll be jumping with joy and brimming with excited energy, dreaming that life is all about smiles and sunshine (and great entertainment). However, as the three-way vocal of The Darkest Side starts up, that liveliness will quieten slightly and you'll be repositioning yourself on your couch. Don't be scared by it's title or lyrics about emptiness, dying and colour TVs! The gentle guitar stylings, delicate emotive vocals and chorus harmonies will envelop you like a warm blanket and steel you away on daydreams of Autumnal fire-side dinners and warm ups of tea. Once you've drifted away on the romance of The Darkest Side, the seven minute epic Lonely will drag you back down to earth combining everything that is incredible about The Middle East in one wonderfully impressive sonic journey. With snug orchestrations, hushed vocals and a guitar assault that would make even Explosions In The Sky jealous, it is no wonder Lonely is such a perennial live favourite!
A substantial cult following is surely imminent, but in this case, such accolade would be entirely well deserved.