Originally from the Midlands, the band self-produced their album in their adopted town of Leeds. It reflects a time in which they found themselves completely overwhelmed trying to juggle day jobs, fighting bad management and trying to keep control of their own music. Off the back of this experience Middleman have found themselves stronger, leaner and almost thankful they took the long way round to get here. 2011 sees the release of a record that they are immensely, and rightly, proud of.
Middleman had early acclaim from the likes of Alan Raw at BBC Introducing and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens (”Middleman make bouncy, vibrant, ridiculously catchy tunes that stand out a mile”). Several ‘Ones To Watch’ pieces were celebrated but it was soon after this time the band had to work furiously to keep their heads above water. Things thankfully improved steadily throughout 2010. The band were invited to play at Reading & Leeds Festivals and also headed over to SXSW in Texas, an adventure that helped springboard the writing and recording process with a renewed vigor.
MIDDLEMAN release their debut album Spinning Plates on May 1st through Blip Records/ Universal Distribution. New single and album opener Spinning Plates is out on March 27th.
The album is an honest, unflinching take on their journey as a band. Without filtering or sugar-coating anything they have extracted an energy from this experience that has to be heard. Album features the singles It’s Not Over Yet and Chipping Away which have both received support from BBC Radio 1, play listing + a John Kennedy session at XFM, Kerrang Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Raw Talent, Sub TV and an NME Radar TV play list. It’s Not Over Yet has also opened up some interesting opportunities since being synced to the NBA 2K11 computer game alongside Snoop Dogg and Two Door Cinema Club. The album track Clipped Wings has been synced to the trailer for the new series of The Gadget Show on Channel 5 and other sync’s include E4 Music and SKY TV.
“Completely original and unbelievably powerful. Think Rage Against The Machine meets The Streets with huge choruses!” Keeley Gray (NME TV)
“Imagine if ‘Parklife’ was fatter, dirtier, sexier & you could dance to it rather than just jump up & down” Alex Baker (Kerrang Radio )
“I really rate Middleman, they’re a very exciting live band” Chris Denman (XFM Live)