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in the page footer. ........................................ Mr. Christmas
Know / Brick by Brick
2016 Still Metal
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Anthony Mackey (Large Mound) is now joined by Greg O’Brien (Hot Colossus) on bass, Carroll Reid (Fairuza, Octopuss Underground) on drums and Chris Duffin on guitar.
Mackey’s lyrics tread a skillful balance between wry, modern satire and defiant social commentator for a darker age. This narrative will be familiar to anyone down with the music of his previous band, indie-rock stalwarts: Large Mound.
Previous album, Still Metal, was the touchstone for the formation of The Middle Ages, albeit a repackaged and rebranded version of Anthony Mackey’s solo album. TMA's set gets added to constantly with one huge catchy rock song after another. The great Irish songbook is being written. Ignore it at your peril.
Visit thumped.com to see and hear a fun recording we did last week in our rehearsal room. We recorded a live version of the Christmas themed song, Mr. Christmas. It sounds great considering this was the first time we played it fully as a band. We'd planned to shoot this on a couple of phones thrown about the place but Ian Lawton of Reasonably Shorts had other plans. He looked after the video which left us free to record the audio with whatever mics and broken stands we could cobble together.
Voided By Ponces (Ireland's Premier Guided By Voices Tribute Band)
Plus guests The Middle Ages
The Bello Bar, Portobello, Dublin
Saturday 26th January 2019
New Live Gig The Middle Ages + Glimmermen
Thursday 31st May
Upstairs at Jack Nealon's (Capel Street) Dublin
Not Not Video. April 2018
Very please to share our new video for the song Not Not. It was directed by our friend Ian Lawton.
News Update. April 2018
New single out this week. We are releasing our heaviest rocking two songs this week, get ready for NOT NOT and TITANIC. We have an awesome video for the song Not Not and because people who visit our actual website are special, here is a sneaky link.
Video. Disappointing Café
This is us after load out the other night in Dunshaughlin. Next up for The Middle Ages is a new single. It is a heavy rockin' one. The songs on it are NOT NOT and TITANIC. They were recorded earlier in 2017 in Slane. We'll be bringing our rig out there again before too long to get stuck into an album. Because that's what bands do.
Eoghan Holland's Cans show on Galway's Flirt FM played Disappointing Café last week. First radio play we know of. Listen to the show in the enbedded player. New Video
This was shot last weekend at our gig in Hanna's Bar in Navan. From load-in to load-out.
New Single Out Tomorrow (update: Out NOW) Better late than never. We are sneaking out a new single on Friday 27th October. Two quality rock songs recorded on the same day as our last single, Disappointing Café and Thus Follows.
The Middle Ages drop a new single, 2 songs, 27 Oct 2017. Head over to our bandcamp page tomorrow and behold Disappointing Cafe and Thus Follows, two more instant classics from The Middle Ages' expanding catalogue of instant classics.
Disappointing Cafe is self explanatory, no metaphors here. The Middle Ages' dictator Anthony Mackey explains "one evening I sat down with nothing and said 'I'm not fucking getting up until I've written a song''.
Thus Follows is more complaint rock in the vein of "I Can't Die", a song written by the tyrant Mackey while in his previous band, Large Mound. It talks about the eventual death of art at the hands of greedy, so-called fans. "Meanwhile we're starving them and we're giving them the fingers".
The Middle Ages are Anthony, Chris, Greg and Carroll.
27th December / The Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin / opening for Here Be Monsters at a one off 25th anniversary reunion gig.
Gig news at last
We played a sneaky gig last weekend, outdoors. Good craic.
Our next gigs are,
Saturday 21st October 2017
Hanna's Bar, Navan
Wednesday 27th December 2017
The Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin (opening for Here Be Monsters)
New Gig Announced for this weekend! After Girlfriend had to pull out of their gig on Saturday we're taking their place. Get well soon.
Windings / Autre Mode / The Middle Ages
The Grand Social, Dublin.
Saturday 1st April. 8pm
T-shirts - official merch We have merch. T-shirts are available in Grey (M, L, XL) and subtle Dark Grey (M, L, XL). These are available from the merch section of our bandcamp page. Cheaper at gigs though!
New Gig Announced We've been wanting to play a gig with Glimmermen for a while now, since before we were a band. Well it's on now. It's no ordinary gig either. In the comfortable surroundings of the Whelan's upstairs venue for a late show. Plus it is free admission IF you claim your guestlist place by commenting on the event page on facebook.