“Our gigs are loud and raucous because we don’t believe live shows should ever be like watching TV. It’s a release and we want people to share in it and be part of it.” (Andy).
The crowd at middleman shows are notorious for stage invasions, crowd surfing, relentless dancing and mosh pits, making Middleman shows something between a club night and a punk gig. Their infectious energy will be familiar to those who saw them tour debut album Spinning Plates through 150 gigs, including two summers of Festivals, across the UK, Netherlands and Germany. But there’s more to them than bone-rattling bass, and shout-along choruses, with hidden depth and layers to the lyrics to be discovered when you hear them on record.
The entire first album was synced to media (NBA 2K11, MTV, NBC) even before songs were licensed to EMI and Universal. With their second full-length installation of distinctive, guitar-driven electronica the contrast between the sound and the subject matter is even greater. Sonically it is heavier, more euphoric, and more adrenaline filled, yet lyrically it is darker, with songs about jealousy, mourning, insecurity and getting stuck in your comfort zone.
But whether it’s the instantly anthemic chorus and relentless riffs of Helpless or the hypnotic, live samples of Lifeline, a defiant optimism runs throughout. It is less “Everything’s wrong” and more “we can be better.”
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