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22.Sept.09: LIVE: MALCOM MIDDLETON

INFOS
LIVE: Aktuelles Album: ďWaxing GibbousĒ (self-produced 5th album)
BEGINN: 19:30
BAND ON STAGE: 20:30
EINTRITT: AK Ä16.- /VVK Ä14.-
VORVERKAUFSTELLEN: JufendInfo Wien
Bekannt wurde der Sänger und Songwriter Malcolm Middleton durch seine Arbeit mit Aidan Moffet, mit dem er gemeinsam den Kern der Glasgower Indie-Band Arab Strap bildete. Mittlerweile ist Middleton aber schon bei Soloalbum Nummer 5 angelangt. Durch schottischen Zusammenhalt und gegenseitige Wertschätzung konnte er beispielsweise King Creosote (backing vocals) und Barry von Mogwai (Piano) zur Mitarbeit am Album überzeugen. Malcolm Middleton über sich und seine Musik: ĄDie Außenseiter wollen mich nicht, weil ich zu normal bin und Chorgesänge verwende. Der Mainstream mochte mich nicht, und lehnt mich immer noch ab, weil ich versuche, ihm die Freude an Weihnachten zu nehmen.ď Zu seinem Glück gibt es ja noch eine erkläckliche Menge an Menschen zwischen Außenseitern und Mainstream, die mit seiner Musik beglückt werden kann.

Well, here it is. Solo album #5 and very nearly Waning Gibbous, but that was too negative, and also a nu-folk band from Brighton, or so Iím told. Whatís it all about? Itís hard to say without saying ďthe usual shiteĒ. I enjoy writing music. I write about what I know. I donít know much. This is a very self-aware record, which is hard if youíre aware that what youíre doing may not be any good. If Iím honest I can say that I didnít really have fun making this album, compared to the Prozac-dulled victory of my first, the shocked glee of my second, the strutting & punching bravado of my third, and the lazy arrogance of my forth. How do I feel about Waxing Gibbous? I donít know, but I like it more now than I did 2 weeks ago. Maybe itís my age, or cynicism. Maybe Iím sick of the sound of my own voice and realise that Iíve been stretching what little it is that I have to say over the course of too many years. Or maybe Iím just pissed off that I donít fit in anywhere. The leftfield doesnít want me because Iím too normal and I use choruses. The mainstream didnít want me and still resents me for trying to ruin Christmas. Could I maybe try to sound more like James Blunt or James Morrison? Actually no, I doubt I could even try. Could I pass myself off more seriously, like Will Oldham or Nick Cave? No, I donít have enough character.
So here I am. I write a song about socks. I rap and I play some slap bass. I convince King Creosote & The Pictish Trail to do backing vocals to cover up the fact that I canít really sing that well. Barry from Mogwai plays piano again because I canít really do that either, and Jenny sings a bit more because my voice becomes too grey after a while on itsí own.
I keep on going. This is a very personal album in that it does contain all the crap little lines Iíve jotted down in my wee book over the past 2 years or so, which are then chiselled and connived into being songs. I donít feel like Iíve given that much away though, this album doesnít make me cringe as much as previous attempts. Although I suppose there are still a few lines that I try to ignore, in the hope that no one will be able to see the real meaning hidden behind their blatant statementing.
Being a singer/writer/musician Iím not really prone to histrionics or ego-antics, so I can thus say with no little weight that thisíll be my last solo album for a few years. Iím not quitting, I just think that Malcolm Middleton has said enough for the time being. Iíd like to try something new, something instrumental, someone new, something different. Who knows, but That all seems more exciting than This these days.
Anyway, enjoy the album, sorry if itís arrived somewhat over-hyped ;)


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