An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties.
In the case of Denton, Texas’ favourite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect album title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
“It’s always through the scope of Midlake,” says vocalist / guitarist Eric Pulido: “But on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences present now. The result was less folk and more rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky’s the limit.”
This growth is down to the ambition and ability of Pulido (vocals, guitars, keyboards) Paul Alexander (bass, keyboards, bassoon, guitars, backing vocals), McKenzie Smith (drums, percussion) and Eric Nichelson (guitars, autoharp), plus Jesse Chandler (keyboards, piano, flute, backing vocals) and Joey McClellan (guitars, backing vocals) from Midlake’s last live incarnation.
Tonight’s gig at Halifax Minster is a real coup for local promoters the Doghouse. Sadly it is sold out but it might be worth checking at Revo Records in Westegate precinct for returns. However no tickets will be available on the night. The doors open at 7.30pm with bars available in the church.
Supporting them is Brooklyn trio Gold Lake. Founding members, Carlos del Amo and Lua Rios, met in Carlos’ hip Madrid nightclub in the midst of the Spanish capital’s music scene. Shortly after moving to Brooklyn they started Gold Lake first as a duo, and then becoming a trio after meeting drummer, Dave Burnett.