Today Townsville band The Middle East announced that they were playing their final show during their set at Splendour in the Grass today.
It isn’t the first time they’ve called it a day: in 2008 they broke up and reformed one year later to release The Recordings of the Middle East EP. It’s unclear how likely this latest announcement is to be serious seeing that the band released their first official album I Want That You Are Always Happy earlier this year.
It’s a shame really. While their album was long and bloated, their EP hinted at amazing potential even if they will never reach the heights of Blood again.
It’s felt like an age since The Middle East started talking about their debut album, but finally a relese date of 8 April has been set. I Want That You Are Always Happy will be their first release since 2008 and tracks like Jesus Came To My Birthday Party are already all over Triple J.
They’ve also annouced an Australian tour, which includes a Melbourne show on my birthday so you all should come.
Friday 3rd June – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Saturday 4th June – Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville
Wednesday 8th June – Fly by Night Club, Fremantle
Friday 10th June – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Saturday 11th June – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Monday 13th June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Wednesday 15th June – Old Museum, Brisbane
Thursday 16th June – Joe’s Waterhole, Sunshine Coast
Friday 17th June – The Metro, Sydney
Sunday 19th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
This year has been a big one for the Big Day Out. The event has sold out in all states(and New Zeland, which everyone knows is just an extenstion of Australia really) and an etra show has been added in Sydney for only the second time the festival’s history. Many people were expecting a big second announcement and there were rumours of bands such as Phoenix and Vampire Weekend.
Instead, the actual second line-up is looking a little bit crap. I mean Jet. Seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for boring bogan rock but does anybody actually care about them anymore?
Not so boring are the annoucements of Passion Pit, Devandra Barnhart and The Middle East.