Meet Middleman - the Leeds-based indie/rap/electro outfit are wowing the critics right now and will soon be doing the same to the general public with the release of their hotly-anticipated new single 'Helpless' on Monday 2nd September 2013. Recorded in Leeds and produced by the band, the single is taken from their forthcoming album 'Counterstep' (released on October 14th).
It's been an interesting journey for Middleman. From guerilla gigs in local bars, to support slots with the likes of Ghostpoet and The Streets, the band have toured relentlessly, appearing at South By South West, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling, as well as a whole host of European festivals. The hard work's starting to pay off, and the band have received airplay on Radio 1, XFM and 6 Music, as well as recording a live session at London's famous Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1.
The crowds at Middleman shows are notorious for stage invasions, crowd surfing, relentless dancing and mosh pits, think somewhere between a club night and a punk gig. But there's more to them than just bone-rattling bass and shout-along choruses. With layered lyrics and catchy choruses these are songs you can dance or cry to. Or cry/dance if you like. Cryancing, they call it. It's a thing.
It hasn't all been smooth sailing of course. The guys recently had armed police crash through their door after the old-lady across the road drastically misunderstood a photo shoot she witnessed, where the guys posed with toy guns and 'robbed' the old post office van they use for touring. Given SO19's trigger-happy reputation, Middleman are happy to be alive. Every day is a gift, that kind of thing.
The band will launch 'Helpless' at The Monarch, Camden, Tuesday 27th August 2013 as well as playing several other festivals across the UK and Europe.
Here's where they'll be:
July 20th Redcar Rocks Festival, Redcar, UK
August 1st Rocken Am Brocken, Elend, DE
August 2nd Krach Am Bach, Beelen, DE
August 3rd Trebur Open Air, Trebur, DE
August 18th Beacons, Skipton, UK
August 21st Brundell Social Club, Leeds, UK
August 23rd The Hop, Wakefield, UK
August 24th Solfest, Cumbria, UK
August 27th The Monarch, London, UK
August 28th The Basement, York, UK
August 29th Zephyr, Huddersfield, UK
September 7th Trosse Kult Open Air, Rheine Mesum, DE
September 12th The Donkey, Leicester, UK
September 13th The Victoria, Birmingham, UK
September 14th The Mad Ferret, Preston, UK
September 15th Mother's Ruin, Bristol, UK
September 28th Love Apple, Bradford, UK