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The Midbeats play guitar in the kitchen

The Midbeats play in the kitchen

The Midbeats

With their very first gig coming up shortly, these guys are more than ready to step into the light of day and sing to the clapping faces. Introducing The Midbeats...

Who are the Midbeats?

The story of The Midbeats started in the summer of 2005, when Andy, Matt and drummer Mr Mac, left their old lives behind and escaped to an old cottage in a remote part of Wales.

Al from the Midbeats plays the drums

Al plays the drums

Armed with not much, two microphones and an eight-track tape recorder, this 'lost week' spawned the EP It's Now Or Never. With tales of fortunes and intoxicating buses, the three mids did indeed like the beat, and so, decided to name themselves a band.

Back to the reality of middle England they went, and before long, an album was near complete. Andy and Matt dreamed of a long lost myth they once knew, a being with veins rife with rock and roll.

As if by magic, Dave Dorman flew in on the next vocal harmony, and the album 'Introducing The Midbeats' was finished. One mid, with talent more than just the beat, Mr Mac, decided he wanted to make people laugh, so he flew the nest south, leaving the other mids with upside down smiles.

Then, Al Burns appeared in front of them on a drum stool eating yogurt. With this presence, the band were now ready to step into the night of day and sing to the clapping faces, they hope to see you there too.

"Writing a song for a particular girl is easily the most romantic gesture that any man could make"

When did you begin performing?

When we were born.

Who or what are your greatest influences?

The Beatles, Beach Boys, Oasis, The La's, The Hollies and The Stone Roses, anything good that's got a proper sound with great songs!

Describe your sound?

Melodic and harmonic, rock 'n' roll pop music.

Do you have day jobs?

If we did we'd sure be proud of it!

Dorz from the Midbeats pulls a face

Dorz from the Midbeats

Best gig so far?

The next one hopefully. It's our first one!

Worst gig?

None in this band, but sure there's been a few bad ones in previous bands

Where did you go to school and what was the best thing about it?

We all went to different schools and the best thing is that you don't have bills to pay!

What's been your most embarrassing music-themed moment?

Playing a gig that my ex-girlfriend was at. I was wearing a suit and bowler hat! Oh the embarrassment still haunts me!

Favourite track you've written?

I think it’s more about the definitive Midbeats tunes; what defines us musically?  There are many I think but the one song that encapsulates what we are all about is ‘You Gotta Take It All’, no question. It’s not recorded yet though

Andy from the Midbeats

Andy from the Midbeats

Where and when was your first gig?

Our first gig is in Nottingham (a low key out of town warm up) and its on the 30th march, at the Litten Tree in Long Eaton

What was your first memory?

I can't remember!

Red Leicester Cheese or Pork Pie?

Neither, but pork pies are especially revolting.

Most romantic gesture you've ever made?

Writing a song for a particular girl is easily the most romantic gesture that any man could make. I suppose it would be even more romantic if she knew about it…

Biggest regret?

Not forming the Midbeats earlier when the ingredients were always there.

Is being based in Leicestershire a help or a hindrance?

It’s certainly better than being based in a rubbish little town in the countryside where there are no rooms to practice, no venues to play and no enthusiasm for original bands!  In Leicester you have all of these things. 

Listen to three tracks by The Midbeats...

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