Dec 9, 2006

Midlake @ Gaelic Club

If you want histrionics from a band don't see Midlake. If you want strutting, showmanship and flamboyance don't see Midlake. If you want melody after beautiful melody do see Midlake. If you want intelligent, heart warming music do see Midlake. If you gather by this that i enjoyed Midlake last night at the Gaelic Club you would be right. The Texas band put on a superb show, highlighted by their wonderfully crafted songs that were warmly received by the lucky crowd in attendance. They started with the very sweet "It Covers the Hillside" before moving to the sublime "Young Bride". I was also pleased they played 3 tracks from "Bamnan and Slivercork", especially the joyous "Kingfish Pies". The music is certainly dominated by keyboards and singer Tim Smith moved effortlessly from guitar to keyboards through out the set. Of course they played "Roscoe" but i think the highlight was definitely "Branches" which just floored me. Tim returned to do "Chasing After Deer" in the encore which was delivered acoustically. They reminded me in a way of The Shins, in that they basically concentrated on playing the songs, with little banter. And also Tim Smith is similar to James Mercer in this way, master songwriters who seem very immodest of their immense gifts.

Set list- from memory so forgive any mistakes
It Covers the Hillside
Young Bride
In This Camp
Balloon Maker
Kingfish Pies
Some of them are Superstitious
Van Occupanther
We Gathered in Spring
Head Home

Chasing After Deer
You Never Arrived

You can view more photos at my Flickr
MP3: Head Home


  • At December 09, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love the way the whole show was so understated. It's all about the songs and the harmonies.

    just with the setlist, I reckon Roscoe was a little earlier, and We Gathered In Spring was definitely the closer for the evening.. other than that, i think you're on the money!

  • At December 09, 2006 , Blogger Wayne Massingham said...

    i agree, the songs were at the forefront, yeah i knew i mixed up the order slightly, probably should have tried to write them down, i did love the treatment of Chasing after Deer

  • At December 09, 2006 , Blogger Rachel said...

    You remind me that I need to attend more shows (make it a priority)

    But this is a great show review and I I am loving your blog...Book-marked and linked. :-)

  • At December 09, 2006 , Blogger Osmond said...

    Sadly I wasn't in Sydney so I couldn't go see them.

  • At December 10, 2006 , Blogger Wayne Massingham said...

    you missed a great one oz, just superb songs.
    thanks rachel for the link, i will do likewise, any fan of magnolia is a friend of mine

  • At December 10, 2006 , Blogger a camera in the crowd said...

    I remember seeing Midlake two years ago? They opened for Rilo Kiley...

    anyways, they were indeed modest, focusing on their songs and their music just filled the venue so beautifully. They even had movies they shot playing in the background while they were playing, very neat.

    ps. added you on flickr! =)

  • At December 11, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I was at the Melbourne gig for Midlake (Band of Horses tomorrow and Tapes N Tapes Wednesday).

    Very understated musos very good at what they do. Was great! (although stinking hot!)


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