American folk rock band MIDLAKE return with their fifth studio album, 'For the Sake of Bethel Woods' to play an intimate, seated gig in Hoddinott Hall at this year's festival.
After the release of two successful albums, 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' (2006) and 'The Courage of Others' (2010) singer, Tim Smith departed Midlake in 2012 and Eric Pulido stepped up to the lead vocal role for 2013’s freshly exploratory 'Antiphon', teasing out singular routes through vintage electric-folk pastures.
Reuniting after eight years, the bandmates were adamant that Midlake needed their absolute focus.
The 2020 lockdown proved to be helpful, offering an escape from grim reality and focusing the band’s energies – essential for an outfit whose members (Pulido, Chandler, Smith, Eric Nichelson and Joey McClellan) had all pursued alternative ventures.
Released in October 2021, 'For the Sake of Bethel Woods' is a powerful, warming expression of resolve and renewal for Midlake, opening up new futures for the band and honouring their storied history.
"It’s an enthralling slow-seep jewel of an album that sees Midlake stretching out from their folk-rock and album orientated rock heartland while displaying a sharper clarity than on any album since 2006’s Van Occupanther. A comeback album to cherish."Guitar.com
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