Meet Middle Brother — the newest and most unassuming indie-rock supergroup. Comprised of the lead singers of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes, each member has a recent critically acclaimed album and a word-of-mouth following. On their own, they are loved and respected. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.
With John J. McCauley III (of Deer Tick) delivering his ragged, tattered longing, Matt Vasquez (of Delta Spirit) presenting his socially-conscious, coarse soulful croon, and Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes) known for his soft-spoken, yet hard-hitting ballads of heartache, the trio’s distinctive styles combine for an album with moments of country-honk, folk, rock and Americana.
“Middle Brother happened when Dawes was opening for Deer Tick,” notes Goldsmith. “We became good friends, and respect each other musically. He called me a couple of months later and came up with the idea to go to Nashville and record together. Right before that, Matt Vasquez, who is a good friend of mine, called me and said, ‘I’m not doing anything right now, do you want to make some songs together?’ Matt and John had never met before, so I ran it by John when I got to Nashville. At that point it very quickly became everybody’s project.”
Despite each band’s intense tour schedules, the Middle Brother triumvirate found time to convene in Nashville for a primarily impromptu songwriting and recording session last year.
“I called John and said ‘I have two or three ideas put together,’ and John said, ‘Oh man, I don’t have anything.’ But that was part of the idea of the project, to go there with nothing.”
Tonight, 8 p.m.
967 Comm. Ave., Boston
Also playing soon
April 26 at Royale
279 Tremont St., Boston
This Anglo-American male/female singer and guitarist duo mix bluesy punk rock with electronic music in a way that sounds at once old and modern. Their style is nervy and minimal but tough, sometimes resembling Suicide but with a hot girl instead of Alan Vega. It’s a sound that makes you anxious, but also gives you the chance dance it out.
Matt and Kim
June 30 at House of Blues
15 Lansdowne St., Boston
You’re reading it here first: Matt and Kim tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. If you don’t know this indie pop duo, they’re about as straightforward as their name, which isn’t to say it’s dull. They’re probably the most successful boy-girl drum-piano duo since the Dresden Dolls, but with their more-or-less hipster look, use of the synth and bright, not-too-troubled middle class indie sound, they’re like the perfect antithesis to the Dolls’ own bipolar drama kid aesthetic. –Matthew Dinaro