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

    25 Aug 1:17pm Reply
  • msbluerasp

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

    24 Aug 8:14pm Reply
  • if6was91412

    Viejo... que tono de voz :D

    8 Jul 3:46pm Reply
  • VanderWaals

    I love them!! :_)

    30 Jun 9:23pm Reply
  • vboechat

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

    28 May 1:49am 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 9:15pm Reply
  • jussslic

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

    23 May 5:34pm Reply
  • R-Mac

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

    16 Apr 3:21pm Reply
  • whoamaggo

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

    15 Apr 11:21pm Reply
  • factorysmoke

    Antiphon is a massive album.

    11 Mar 8:18am 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 12:50am Reply
  • Picea

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

    19 Feb 1:50pm Reply
  • Bitard671

    на пару раз

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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 6:35pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    An undeniable sense of melody. Simply beautiful.

    28 Jan 12:03pm Reply
  • Carriyurami

    My favourite band.

    12 Jan 4:54pm Reply
  • marisrut

    Love at first listen [3]

    1 Jan 8:11pm Reply
  • RafaelDivoz

    Love at first listen [2]

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Travel_head

    Love at first listening.. And it is snowy here. Wow!

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
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