Artist of the Week: The Midway State
Happy New Year! In 2011, we resolve to keep bringing you the best music from Canada and beyond, and exposing you to new talents as we discover them. We love sharing our favourites!
We want to start off the year close to home with alt-rockers The Midway State. These Canadian boys have been taking the world by storm since before the release of their debut album in in 2008. They’ve toured alongside the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World and K-OS (among others!), have been nominated for two Juno awards, won two Much Music Video Awards, and have even recorded a duet with Lady Gaga.
2011 is set to be another big year for The Midway State – the band will be releasing their second full-length album (whose first single “All Anew” is now available on iTunes) and have recorded an exclusive cover track of Spandau Ballet’s “True” for the upcoming feature film Textuality. Starring Sex and the City‘s Jason Lewis, Young People F*cking‘s Carly Pope and Will & Grace‘s Eric McCormack, Textuality is a feature film about modern day mobile relationships and the dangers of texting while dating.
“True” is perhaps one of the best-known songs from the eighties and was a massive hit; it charted highly around the world and used prominently in the John Hughes film Sixteen Candles. The Midway State’s version (which you can listen to right here) is a modern re-interpretation, bringing the band’s signature style to the (yet-to-be-released!) classic tune. We wanted you to be the first to hear it!
As always, contact David Hayman if you’re interested in licensing the track for your own project.
“Piano-driven pop/rock that glistens with refined melodies, raw emotion, and massive sing-a-long hooks”
— Band Weblogs
Similar Artists: OneRepublic, Keane, The Fray
“Holes [The Midway State’s debut album] is an invitation and confirmation, inviting you in and asking you to stay awhile. You’ll want to stick around and hear The Midway State’s stories in song.”
— Wildy’s World
“Holes is not a lighthearted romp in romance; it shows the dirty, the happy and the confusing side of love. This album is a must buy for fans of OneRepublic, Keane and the Fray. But what separates the Midway State from these other artists is their versatility; each track is a slightly different sound, yet is still unified and has the stamp of the band.”
— Toronto Music Scene
The Midway State on MySpace
Watch The Midway State’s video for “Never Again”
Watch The Midway State perform “Change For You” acoustic
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