…it seems that while their music is beautiful and excitingly unique, the band themselves are completely media shy. They didn’t do any press at Splendour and were impossible to get a hold of. It’s unfortunate for a band with such talent to be so elusive.
So the version of “Gold” aka “Fools Gold” aka “Good as Gold” on The Middle East/Sleeping in Trains split EP is quite a bit different to the version on The Recordings of the Middle East. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing it’s an older version of the song. The vocal melody is the basically same, but there are some extra sections and some parts are a little different. The multiple vocals breakdown part is kind of not quite there. However there is the beautiful amazing outtro that didn’t make it into the Recordings… version.
Now if only there was a version of this song with the more stripped back guitar and the multipart vocals section from the Recordings… version PLUS the amazing outtro from the Sleeping in Trains EP.
There is. Please enjoy:
It’s from the EP launch show in Townsville on April 24, 2008. From what I can tell they aren’t playing the outtro in the live set any more, but if they ever did I believe it would be something you would not want to miss.
With Holly Throsby and Leader Cheetah. Here is the last.fm page.
Post a comment here if you went to the show.
The Middle East are playing on Sunday at 12:45 in the GW McLennan Tent. Tell your friends.
If you’re together enough to actually get tickets to Splendour, you probably don’t need me to link to the map and timetables…
Julian Morrow was a guest on a talk radio segment called “Brunch” which aired on ABC Radio Sydney on 5th of July. He chooses a few of his favourite songs and one of them is “The Darkest Side”. You can find the podcast of the 30 minute show here. He says he heard it on FBI. Scan about 20 minutes into the podcast mp3 if you want to hear what else he says. (Thanks Doug for finding this one).