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Townsville, Australia (2005 – 2008, 2009 – 2011)

The Middle East were a musical collective from Townsville, Australia, which formed in 2005. Fusing various influences from post-rock to folk to ambient, various members have at different times played in other North Queensland based groups such as Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse, The Forest, and We Are Buildings.

After completing several East Coast tours, they released a split EP in 2006 with local Cairns band Sleeping In Trains. Their debut album The Recordings Of The Middle East was released on 24th April 2008, shortly before the band announced their first split. They reconvened eight months later, and in the autumn of 2009 released their album in the United States as an abridged EP, also called The Recordings of the Middle East.

Their song “Blood” is featured in the films Accidents Happen, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. and Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as in an episode of the Australian television comedy-drama series Offspring and an advertisement for European bank BNP Paribas.

At the start of their appearance at 2011’s Splendour in the Grass music festival, the band announced that their set that night would be their last show ever, thanking fans in attendance for making their finale special for the band.

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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów The Middle East

    29 Jun 10:16am Reply
  • LutafinMUSIC

    why this band split up really

    18 Jun 11:42am Reply
  • electrobaboon

    I hope these guys come back one day. Both of their albums are beautiful. Seriously underrated band.

    8 Jun 1:09am Reply
  • cabfedhig

    ridiculously impressive work.

    21 Apr 2:43pm Reply
  • McFearless835

    it's incredibly sad that this band is no more. i want that you are always happy is actually very dear to my heart.

    1 Apr 8:17pm Reply
  • Kiddo92

    for those which still mourns TME, Bree Tranter just released her new EP named Jaws a few days ago.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • luarae

    skeleton jack is the solo project from the middle east's bassist, jack saltmiras.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Valinadelsur

    LovelyLonely

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • raadd

    so upsetting that this is all we'll hear from them

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rincon1181

    me encanta su música saludos

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Freynow

    Wow, wasn't expecting a breakup :|

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • DouglasAWh

    I hear some of the people in this band were in Sounds Like Chicken. I'd like to speak with those guys about releasing the SLC stuff under Creative Commons. Please let me know if I don't have the right band. Thanks!

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • alexschelldorf

    Anyone have "Western" or "Dirty Looks" or the split EP? None are available in the States.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • DredgeMill

    I really hate that Blood is listened to SO MUCH more than all their other songs. C'mon people, listen to all of their music.. ; -;

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • puismourir

    I'm still hurting so much because of their breakup. [2]

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Molko_93

    I start to falling in love with this band.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mysterio32

    A band taken away well before their time...

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • SLIGHTLYevil

    I just found them...,.WHY AREN'T THEY MAKING MUSIC ANY MORE? I KNOW I'M SHOUTING, IT JUST REALLY UPSETS ME!

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mesmeriseme

    oh yes it is. are there any side projects with which one should be familiar?

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DropsInTheRiver

    Wish these guys were still together. Such amazing music.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
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