"Not a pop band in the sense of contemporary pop-punk or power pop, mind you. The Midwest Beat live in a chronologically distant world where precise song structures, jangling guitars and tight vocal harmonies ruled the day. Big Star, The Byrds, The Kinks and the Zombies are their regular touchstones, bands whose own careers were at their peak a decade or more before the foursome's members were born.

Unless audiences show up harboring a similar jones for Alex Chilton, et al. - or younger fellow travelers like the considerably messier Black Lips - it can take a few songs before the deftness of their guitar pop and restrained psychedelia becomes apparent. But once their music hits you, you're apt to become a proselytizer for the cause." (Tom Laskin, The Isthmus)


Debut EP out now

The Midwest Beat


Double 7" on Dusty Medical Records (USA)

DIGITAL PRESS KIT (.zip)



The Midwest Beat at Myspace


SHOWS
May 7 2009
@ THE FREQUENCY, Madison WI
w/ Richard Lloyd

May 8 2009
@ HEXAGON BAR, Minneapolis MN

May 9 2009
@ OLDE MAIN STREET PUB & GRILL, Green Bay WI

Jun 19 2009
@ HIGH NOON SALOON, Madison WI
w/ Dexter Romweber / Detroit Cobras

Jun 24 2009
@ TBA, Carbondale IL

Jun 25 2009
@ TBA, Memphis TN

Jun 26 2009
@ TBA, Huntsville AL

Jun 27 2009
@ CAFE BOURBON ST, Columbus OH

Jun 28 2009
@ TBA, Kalamazoo MI

Jul 8 2009
@ LOUIE’S, Kalamazoo MI
w/ The Cave Weddings

Jul 9 2009
@ COBRA LOUNGE, Chicago IL
w/ The Cave Weddings

Jul 10 2009
@ THE VAULT, Milwaukee WI
w/ The Cave Weddings

Jul 11 2009
@ THE FREQUENCY, Madison WI
w/ The Cave Weddings

Oct 15 2009
@ TBA, Madison WI
w/ Sonic Chicken 4




MP3s
Girl Gone West (from The Midwest Beat)
Cryin' Over You
(from The Midwest Beat)


HI-RES PHOTOS
#1
#2
#3
#4
(3+4 by Ashley Nicole)




VIDEOS

THE VAULT, Milwaukee WI, July 2008
I Need You Badly
Bring The Water

LINNEMANS, Milwaukee WI, November 2007
Don't Fool Me
Late At Night



PRESS

"The intertwining guitar riffs and tight vocal backings draw a direct line to Merseybeat, but the songs manage to make the familiar formula sound new again. The band's mix of crisp '60s melodies garnished with manic energy and occasional country flourishes is sometimes reminiscent of a more tuneful Black Lips, and sometimes of the more rockin' songs by the original Flying Burrito Bros." (The Isthmus)

"…with a look to the psychedelia of the 1960s, the Midwest Beat fuse the power pop of Big Star with the melodic twists and harmonies of the early Beach Boys" (Wisconsin State Journal)

"The Midwest Beat very strongly personifies what might be called the Madison sound" (Dane101)

REVIEWS

"The Midwest Beat EP should be a welcome addition to any pop-garage fan's collection" (Bob Koch, The Isthmus)

"Reminiscent of Gene Clark doing a song with Raspberries but without the dark cloud feeling that looms over a good chunk of the former and the overblowness that the latter could suffer from. It's sparkly but there's also grit. Dig those harmonies. Yeah, the sweet harmonies that are all over the place on every song and these boys nail it everytime. Country music gone all hyperactive on 'Crying Over You' & 'My Love Has Gone Away' or the folky punkster of 'Girl Gone West'." (Smashin' Transistors)

"Build a time-bridge between The Beatles' jangly early hits and sadder, wiser Kinks albums and you might get a feel for the six songs on The Midwest Beat's new self-titled EP. Twangy guitar work and beautifully layered harmonies sweeten things up without quite trivializing the mood." (The Onion, Madison)

"The Midwest Beat confirmed what a handful of local scenesters already believe: That they may be the best pure pop band in Wisconsin" (Tom Laskin, The Isthmus)

"The Midwest Beat do right by their influences - Beatles and Kinks, and every no-name mid-'60s jangly rock combo that ripped them off - on this addictive six-song EP. Yes, it's picked over territory, which makes the freshness The Midwest Beat brings to the sound all the more impressive." (The Onion AV Club, Milwaukee)