Three Short Acts
Rock and roll. It's a mythical mantra, a call to arms, an escape, an entrance, a great way to spend a Friday night. And The Middle Men love it. Simultaneously classic and contemporary, The Middle Men are creating some of the finest independent rock and roll available. Building songs the old-fashioned way, complete with strong lyrics, crafty hooks, and an undeniable energy, these four young musicians from Louisville, Kentucky, are championing an art seemingly forgotten - music that is interesting and clever but never needlessly complicated, music that is accessible but never boring. It's 'an increasingly rare brand of rock and roll - one that emits a clear-eyed defiance that could only come from the realization that the real world can both suck hard and be beautiful at the same time.' (Lexington Ace Weekly) At 25 years of age, John Whitaker (vocals, guitar) has been writing and performing original songs for more than ten years. After a decade as a solo performer, this 'folk-rock prodigy' (Louisville Eccentric Observer Weekly) decided to drop the folk and focus on the rock. Enter the ensemble: The Middle Men are Matthew Hendricks (a high energy guitarist with a jazzy past), Jason Lawrence (a student of the drums, from Blakey to Ringo), and Matt Brewington (a bassist born in the pocket). Released on Debauchery Records in August, 2003, The Middle Men's debut album Three Short Acts is a mission statement. One moment whispering a plea for understanding, the next beating you sonically to get the point across, the album showcases an unwavering commitment to exploring different avenues of arrangement, but it's always obvious who you're listening to. With high impact live shows, a solid fan base, and a growing reputation, The Middle Men are a rising band to keep both eyes on...