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The Midways / The Glads

Split 7"

Music For Cats / Panty Raid

Genres: garage rock

July 25 - 31 2005

A few years ago I used to listen to a program on the local university radio station called Dementia 13.  For an hour each Saturday night, they exclusively played obscure garage and pop records from the late sixties and early seventies.  Every episode was loaded with uncovered (often extremely rare and valuable) gems from the era of pure, unadulterated pop music.  The Midways and The Glads may not be from the sixties or seventies, but they bring that garage spirit back to this jaded new millennium.  And I don't mean that in a Hives or Strokes sort of way; this is more geared towards the purist.  The Midways are the more poppy and old-fashioned of the two; they get the organs bumping along to the guitar, bass, and drums, and then sing spirited vocal melodies over top.  It's jolly fun stuff, evoking enough genuine excitement to keep you twisting for hours on end.  The Glads are a bit "harder," becoming closer to Hives land by way of growlier vocals and more intense guitars.  The music still stays fun, but with a raunchier feel - what else to expect from a song called "Do the Go to Hell"?  Whether you prefer the peppy love of The Midways or the more aggressive edge of The Glads, however, this split record is perfect for lovers of high quality retro garage music.  You cats better keep the revolution going!


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]