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Midtown

Part I: A Brief History of Midtown.Ah, the dreaded bio. Where to begin? What could I possibly say that you haven’t heardbefore? How can I talk about the bad things without sounding bitter? How can I speak of the good without bragging? Andhow do I make it all sound interesting.

Well maybe I’ll just tell it to the best of my recollection, at worst you’ll be bored.

I remember being in college, already disillusioned, and wanting to start a band with friends for fun. I remember putting out ourown EP on a local label with a friend, and then signing to another fr ...read more

Part I: A Brief History of Midtown.Ah, the dreaded bio. Where to begin? What could I possibly say that you haven’t heardbefore? How can I talk about the bad things without sounding bitter? How can I speak of the good without bragging? Andhow do I make it all sound interesting.

Well maybe I’ll just tell it to the best of my recollection, at worst you’ll be bored.

I remember being in college, already disillusioned, and wanting to start a band with friends for fun. I remember putting out ourown EP on a local label with a friend, and then signing to another friends’ label in Los Angeles. I remember going to LosAngeles and recording with a big name producer. “Hey, this guy wants to take a chance on you.” Awesome. Wow, we have areal record. Is this for real? I remember talking to my Dean about leaving in my sophomore year. She said, “rock n’ roll.” I wasout of there.

I remember playing basement shows and sleeping in our van. I remember these basements suddenly turning intoamphitheaters. “Hey, our friends’ label is doing a deal with a major label--they want to put out your next record.” Fall of2001. We spend five months in a studio. Living Well is the Best Revenge comes out in April, we go on tour and never lookback. Reading festival, Fuji Rock. “Hello Mr. Moore, it’s an honor to share a stage with you.” Headline US, UK, tour with JimmyEat World throughout Europe. Headline Japan. Come home in January of 2003. Everything is amazing. We pull the plug.

Why? Difficult question. Too many hands in my pocket? No control? Cliché band story: Band is happy to be playing music,doesn’t realize what is really going on.

Instructions on extricating yourself from a contract:1) make everyone hate you.2) rollover and die.

Great. Now I’m dead and people are happy.

Part II: ResurrectionLabels are sniffing my corpse, but not really biting. I sprinkle on the A-1.

November 2003: We hook up with producer, Butch Walker and record 18 songs in three weeks in Atlanta with no labelsupport. Throw the album to the wolves after the New Year and let them fight for it. Drama, drama, drama. We end up atColumbia. The album is in your hands. What does it all mean.

I read somewhere that the secret of life is to “die before you die.” To destroy everything you have so you can break allidentification with it, understand the meaning of loss and failure, and finally create space to start anew. When we died, Iunderstood what it meant to live. (After all, you can’t grow as a band if you don’t evolve as people.) I reevaluated everythingI had previously thought and embraced the emptiness of life. I let go of everything I once believed. Hence the album title:Forget What You Know.

The songs, they all deal with the same things: The dissolution of the lines of reality, our abstraction from meaning, searchingfor it in the wrong places, filling empty spaces with things, garbage. I’ll run through it for you quickly.

1. To Our Savior – you can pretend but I’m not buying it2. Give it Up – the silence kills the calm of the night. Counting everybeat and waiting for my turn to die3. Is it Me? Is it True? – if nothing is true, we can build our own worlds4. Whole New World– god is dead. Save yourself.5. Empty Like the Ocean – I don’t want to fuck you, I don’t want to touch. I just wanna fill youwith regret6. Nothing is Ever What it Seems – we reach for what we’re missing in ourselves. We don’t know how to let lovein. don’t you cry for me because I’m already dead.7. Waiting for the News – Even though we sleep together we’re alone.8.Until it Kills – We were never pure again9. Hey Baby, Don’t You Know that We’re All Whores – Jesus forgive mycongregation10. Help Me Sleep – The more I learn, the less I know11. Manhattan – I can’t believe how I’m living12. So LongAs We Keep Our Bodies Numb We’re Safe – You shower but you’re not clea.

The record is done. The train is leaving the station. What's our stop again? I can't remember, but somehow I know it's betterto forget. Forget the future, forget the past and forget what I know; there is nothing beyond the here and now. Thepassenger next to me is sweating because he knows not where the train is headed. We’re off to the slaughterhouse, I tellhim, yes - off to slaughter. He looks worried like he's about to cry. Cry not friend, for there is nothing to fear. « hide

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LPs
Forget What You Know
2004

3.5
68 Votes
Living Well is the Best Revenge
2002

3.4
64 Votes
Save the World, Lose the Girl
2000

3.5
44 Votes
EPs
The Sacrifice Of Life EP
1999

2.1
5 Votes

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