The Middle East announced on their Facebook page a few hours ago that the band are done. Their debut album I Want That You Are Always Happy was released on June 3rd and I had not even got around to listening to it properly yet. However, the band gave me one of my best gig experiences of my life in Austin, Texas in 2010 so I’ll always be grateful to them for that.
Whatever happened (the Townsville, Australia band had briefly split before), whether they were sick of playing their two early standouts ‘Blood’ and ‘The Darkest Side’ , whether they were homebirds who were sick of touring, whether they hated each others guts or whether they were uncomfortable with the machinations of the music industry (it happens a lot), I hope we hear more from at least some of them in future in another guise. Thanks for the considerable tunes.
For what it’s worth here’s their explanation:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :
writing to inform you that we’re ceasing. i’m not sure if we’ll make more music later on or not.
we don’t feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won’t list here and i’m afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i’d rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.
we had fun.
t.s elliot wrote ‘you are the music while the music lasts’, but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don’t put too much stock in his quotes.
i’m very tired. until next time.
the middle east.