Wow, The Diggs AND Midlake on one night for 10 bux?? Boy am I happy. (Unfortunately I missed The 1900s which I heard put on a killer show. The Diggs are a local trio that have been making their rounds in NY for some time now and always seem to impress me. Their songs are a throwback to all that was good in “indie rock” back in the 90’s but giving their songs more dimension and time to develop. Their songs are extremely catchy that go from hypnotic to foot stomping epic. The band and lead singer still reminds me of that great band from Buffalo, Tugboat Annie. Whatever DID happen to them?? Tonight The Diggs out on probably the best show I have ever seen. They debuted 2 new songs that were just as solid as their Orange EP. As usual they ended with “Trouble Everyday” which quite possibly be one the best closing songs ever. Can’t wait for the full length.
Ok, I absolutely LOVE Midlake. Very rarely does a band like this come around that combines so many influences and expressions in music and art. Their debut album Bamnan and Slivercork last year was one of my top 5 albums of the year and it’s one that I return to often. It’s full of beautiful and disturbing soundscapes with lyrics that compliment the dreamy soundtrack from this Texas quintet. Along with the many bodies, the stage was COMLETELY packed with all their varied equipment, including a film projector. I was amazed on how well they performed their psychedelic songs live and I must admit it was strange to hear some of these songs in a live setting. Their songs were complimented with videos projected on the back wall adding to the overall mood of the set. There soon was a long line at the sold out Merc to get a peek of this incredible band. They played their 2 hits “Balloon Maker” and “Roscoe” first which was a quite interesting beginning. “Roscoe” may very well be one of the best crafted songs ever. Their new album “Van Occupanther” holds just as much magic as their first album and it’s expected to be one of the best when it comes out late July. By the 5th song I knew I was experiencing something special at the small club and completely lost myself to the music and imagery. Do yourself a favor and let Midlake take you along on their dreamy journeys.