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Denton TX, United States (1999 – present)

Midlake is an American rock band from Denton, Texas, that formed in 1999. The band first gained popularity in Europe.

Midlake began in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas. The original lineup consisted of Tim Smith (vocals, guitars, keyboards), McKenzie Smith (drums), Paul Alexander (bass), Eric Nichelson (guitar), and Evan Jacobs (keyboards). Their initial work (under the working name The Cornbread All-Stars) consisted of funk/jazz explorations heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock.

Later the band began to lean more toward an indie rock sound. Tim Smith quit playing saxophone and began writing songs that were heavily influenced by bands such as Jethro Tull, Radiohead, Travis, and Grandaddy. Smith says about that: “We don’t want to get called a Radiohead rip-off band. I think Radiohead is a lot closer to my natural tendencies as a songwriter than a band like, um, Jethro Tull. I listen to way more Jethro Tull than I do Radiohead these days, but I could write 10 Radiohead songs before I could write one Jethro Tull song. I want to sound more like Jethro Tull, but I just can’t. That’s a big struggle.”

Jacobs left the band and Eric Nichelson took over on keyboard. Jason Upshaw joined the band as a guitarist. Live recordings from this period, recorded at Denton’s Panhandle House studio, were never released as the band felt they had moved beyond the material.


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  • Mohhito

    Great band :D!

    1 Feb 10:16am Reply
  • UrsoJr

    show. come to brazil? ah, seria show. pode colar

    10 Jan 9:40pm Reply
  • mscNOW

    review of "Antiphon" from musicNOW!: (yeeeeees, its polish only...)

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kechikjitra

    he tried to escape

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • msbluerasp

    Second half of Some Of Them Were Superstitious is amazingly beautiful.

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • msbluerasp

    Aurora Gone and Acts of Man... love love.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • if6was91412

    Viejo... que tono de voz :D

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • VanderWaals

    I love them!! :_)

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • vboechat

    I just like to listen to them no matter what Pitchfork says.

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • todd_drealtalk

    if I hear the old and the young on KXT one more time i might crash my car into Paschall's front door. denton people do you feel me? otherwise, keep up the good work guys!

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • jussslic

    Antiphon is waaay better than it got credit for being. imho.

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • R-Mac

    i slept on Antiphon... it's actually a great piece of work.

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • whoamaggo

    Just found you guys... Please don't stop being awesome any time soon! :)

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • factorysmoke

    Antiphon is a massive album.

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • nothere413

    Antiphon is the record I wanted to hear back when they first said The Courage of Others would be darker than Van Occupanther.

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Picea

    As a massive fan of TCoO, I think Antiphon might be their best.

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Bitard671

    на пару раз

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
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  • KidAInLimbo

    I can't begin to express my gratitude to these guys for the gift that is John Grant - for pushing him, for picking him up, for bringing his music to life. Not only are the members of Midlake awesome musicians, they are also amazing goddamn people.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    An undeniable sense of melody. Simply beautiful.

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
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