KEXP at SXSW, Day 1: The Middle East

photos by Jim Bennett

photos by Jim Bennett

As if Fanfarlo’s opening performance wasn’t beautiful enough, The Middle East performed a stunning set at Gibson Showroom in Austin during our broadcast from SXSW. Often described as an indie rock band, The Middle East evades any particular genre, while touching many at the same time: country, folk and ambiance. The quintet from Australia has not only gained success through their undefined particular style, but also for the interesting line up that sets up an atypical orchestra, starting with a vocal harmonies led by Jordan Ireland and Rohin Jones, who also contribute with both electric and acoustic guitars. Accompanying them on piano, flute, vocals and keyboards is Bree Traner; on the banjo, glockenspiel and guitar is Joseph Ireland; on the bass Jack Saltmiras; on the drums Mike Haydon; and filling in with assorted instrumentation, like accordion and trumpet, Mike Myers. Following their success after playing small shows and opening for Grizzly Bear, the band is touring world wide, visiting SXSW and playing live on KEXP.

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One Comment

  1. Hilary Harris
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice job Jim, THese photos are phenomenal!!!!!

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