The Middle East + Little Scout @ The Old Museum

Despite the ever-growing acclaim and apparent international record label interest, I will admit to be slightly disappointed by The Middle East‘s debut release, ‘The Recordings of The Middle East‘. However, much of this disappointment stems by placing ‘Blood‘ as the middle song on a 5-track EP, raising the bar to such a high level that it almost makes the last two songs superfluous.  In isolation both ‘Fools’ Gold’ and ‘Beleriand’ are fine songs, but just not when they follow ‘Blood’. Even playing around with the ordering of the five songs (and I have experimented with the running order) doesn’t help solve the problem, with the counting in at the beginning of ‘The Darkest Side’ making it an obvious starting song and there is something so final about the end section of ‘Beleriand’ that the only sensible place for it to be is at the end.

There’s no doubting that ‘Blood’ is a phenomenal song, particularly the movement away from the depressing, fragility of the first half of the song –  

grandfather, gentle soul, you’ll fly
over your life once more before you die
since our grandma passed away
you’ve waited for forever and a day
just to die
and someday soon
you will die

it was the only woman you ever loved
that got burnt by the sun too often when she was young
and the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood
and there’s nothing you can do about it now

– to the extraordinary celebratory outro.  The words “vital” and “life affirming” get used far too readily in music reviews, but in the case of ‘Blood’ they ring true. 

Obviously ‘Blood’ is tonight’s highlight.  The question is asked, but no one’s answering. So why isn’t everyone dancing?

Some more photos on Flickr.

The Middle East

Little Scout

5 Responses to “The Middle East + Little Scout @ The Old Museum”

  1. This is me raising my eyebrow at you for avoiding the elephant in the room at that show..

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  3. adrian says:

    Dude you’re too good a photographer to be wasting your talent on douchebag hipster bands.

  4. Renee Louise says:

    Yeah hipsters, where is the dancing? Even elephants like to dance!!! Lol..

  5. adrian says:

    Just saw these pics again and I want to reiterate my first comment.

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