Band of the Day: The Middle East Comes to the USA

Right now the Australian band The Middle East are touring the United States for the very first time, hitching a ride with headliners Laura Marling (through May 11th) and Mumford and Sons (through June 10), ending with a spot at Bonnaroo.

The band back their ethereal, dreamy vocals with a myriad of instruments — from the folk guitar picking in their song “The Darkest Side” to cheery Sufjan Stevens-style trumpeting in “Blood”.

WATCH “Blood” by The Middle East:

If that charming little song didn’t spur you to learn more about them, perhaps this will. Their drummer Mike Haydon has been keeping a tour blog about their first time touring America and this little bit made me chuckle:

this was a taco bell attached to a kfc. UNEXPLAINED. i mean, why would you combine the two? this was disturbing. like it really got to me. a CHICKEN store…and a TACO store. why were they not just single stores?

As most Americans probably know, KFC and Taco Bell are owned by the same company (Yum Brands) and they often share a space. I LOVE that these Aussies are totally perplexed by the fact that tacos and fried chicken should co-exist. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS AMERICA HAS TO OFFER.

Now for sweet free MP3s:

DOWNLOAD: “Lonely” by The Middle East
DOWNLOAD: “Darkest Side” by The Middle East
DOWNLOAd: Blood” by The Middle East


Remaining tour dates:

5/5–Horseshoe–Toronto, ON
5/6–The Ladies Literary Club at Calvin College–Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Laura Marling)%
5/7–Magic Stick–Detroit, MI (w/ Laura Marling)%
5/8–Andy Warhol Museum–Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Laura Marling)%
5/9–Big Orbit’s Soundlab–Buffalo, NY (w/ Laura Marling)%
5/11–Space–Portland, ME (w/ Laura Marling)%
5/13–Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire–Montreal, QC (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/14–The Middle East Downstairs–Cambridge, MA (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/16–The Fillmore at TLA–Philadelphia, PA (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/17–Music Hall of Williamsburg–Brooklyn, NY (w/ Mumford & Sons)
**SOLD OUT** ^
5/18–Webster Hall–New York, NY (w/ Mumford & Sons)
**SOLD OUT** ^
5/19–Mercury Lounge–New York, NY ^
5/20–930 Club–Washington, DC (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/21–Beachland Ballroom–Cleveland, OH (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/22–Wexner Center–Columbus, OH (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/24–Lincoln Hall–Chicago, IL (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/25–Varsity Theater–Minneapolis, MN (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/29–Sasquatch Music Festival–Quincy, WA
5/30–560 Club–Vancouver, BC (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
5/31–Aladdin Theater–Portland, OR (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/2–Slim’s–San Francisco, CA (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/4–The Music Box–Los Angeles, CA (w/ Mumford & Sons)
**SOLD OUT** ^
6/6–Belly Up Tavern–Solana Beach, CA (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/7–Rhythm Room–Phoenix, AZ (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/9–Antone’s–Austin, TX (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/10–House Of Blues Cambridge Room–Dallas, TX (w/ Mumford & Sons) ^
6/12–Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival–Manchester, TN

%Dates with Laura Marling
^Dates with Mumford and Sons

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