Middle States

Middle States

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandRockAlternative

Terry Eason says we're like GBV meets Buddy Holly. Wes says it's more like Slade meets Hermans Hermits. Critics have taken pains to criticize Paul Westeberg and Robert Pollard in their praise for us. Odd that. Hard rocking with very memorable pop hooks.

Biography

The Middle States were formed in Minneapolis in 2002 by singer songwriter guitarist Wes Morden and guitarist Ben Glaros and a revolving rhythm section. They released the EP "Great Portland Street" in 2004. After more personell changes between 2005 and 2007 recorded the tracks which would become their debut full length album. ON January 27th 2009 the Middle States released "Happy Fun Party" Produced by Tom Herbers (Andrew Bird, Low) which recieved solid radio action and a couple dozen positive notices.

Lyrics

All The Voices

Written By: Wes Morden

I heard what they said about you.
I was hoping some way,
the words were not true.
They said you were telling lies
love for you was an alibi
that you won't look me in the eye
that you're only gonna make me cry

All the voices in my head
Remember every single thing you said
All the voices in my mind, said I should have left you behind,

I'll fight them back with every muscle in my head.
I'll fight them back with every muscle in my head.

What did you do,
To make them feel this way?
You make me so blue, I can't make them go away.

Friday Night

Written By: Wes Morden

Home from work, get back in my car
downtown at the club no place to park
soundcheck the monitors aint right
Back at home find something to wear
shave again put stuff in my hair
back down at the club, they're packed in tight. It must be Friday Night.

Uptown types, suburbanites
getting pretty loose while they're getting tight.
Counter clerks are standing in the light, it must be Friday night.

The first band is playing way too loud,
the second band is getting quite a crowd, I'm getting sick and tired of hanging round.
I cant talk, I 've got nothing to say.
How's it going, guess everything's okay,
gotta go, It's time for us to play, it must be Friday Night.

Uptown types, suburbanites
getting pretty loose while they're getting tight.
Counter clerks are standing in the light, it must be Friday night.

The singers wife is looking hot tonight
the drummers girlfreind's dress is way too tight.
There you are,standing on the floor
I've never seen anybody look so bored
Cant talk, must be Friday night
gotta go, must be Friday night.

On the beat my knees are shaking,
pushing hard till the drummer breaks it down
to the hook, must be Friday night
by the book, must be Friday night

Discography

Middle States- "Great Portland Street" EP
Middle States- "Happy Fun Party" CD
Radio songs "No Curse No Drunk No Fight", "Friday Night", "Warlocks of Ari", "Thought Control" Charting at 36 CMJ stations.

Set List

Normally we play 45 minutes to an hour. We usually play 11-14 songs, depending on the night. We can play quite a bit longer, but, have not had the need yet.

Our set list changes order each show, but usually will include most of these songs.

1. Synthesize
2. No Curse No Fight
3. Winds of Eiderdown
4. Bring Down the day
5. Tumbleweeds
6. Big Decision
7. The Promises
8. Warlocks of Ari
9. Melrose Flats
10. Coming To
11. All the Voices
12. In My Head
13. Thought Control
14. To the All or None
15. Friday Night
16. In Charge