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From The Desk Of Midlake: The Band

Spoiler alert! The new Midlake record is not from the band that you grew to love with The Trials Of Van Occupanther. With each successive album, the members of Midlake transformed, foregrounding a different favorite section of their record collections. Now comes Antiphon (ATO), which announces itself with an opening title track that rocks harder and more insistently than anything in the group’s prior catalog. Midlake again sounds like a new band. And, this time it is: It’s Midlake’s first since the departure of principal singer/songwriter Tim Smith, its first with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping into those lead roles, its first with former touring members Jesse Chandler (keyboards, flute) and Joey McClellan (guitars) officially joining drummer Mackenzie Smith, multi-instrumentalist Paul Alexander and guitarist Eric Nichelson. Chandler and Nichelson will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Midlake feature.

Band

Chandler: The Band is just simply the greatest band. I think a lot of our band could agree on that. I grew up on the same street in Woodstock, N.Y., as Levon Helm and would see him walking his pit bulls every morning. Recently, I made another pilgrimage to the Big Pink house. We just love the democratic, communal nature of the Band, and sometimes we’ll sing a few of their songs backstage before shows for fun.