The Middle Eight, you is awesome!

In honor of The Middle Eight‘s own comparison of themselves to a “London bridge”, You is Awesome has written them a song, sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

The Middle Eight is really great
Really great, really great.
The Middle Eight is really great
Those fair laddies.

…OK, don’t all applaud at once now. We know, we know, we should leave the songwriting to the pros, but our song can’t be faulted for dishonesty; after all, The Middle Eight is pretty darn great. With a new EP dropping in 2009 and two songs featured in The Rebound, an upcoming movie starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha, the rest of the world will soon agree.

But wait! I LOVE Your Clothes will give you even more Middle Eight greatness, including a truly inspired haiku about jeans. The world of denim will never be the same again.

From left to right: Dave, Steven, Matt, Jason, Tallin

YouIsAwesome: What’s your least favorite curse word?
Steve: I hate all curse words except sucka. Is that a curse? I like to call people that. Sucka sucka!
Tallin: Cursing is bad, unless it’s funny, then anything is allowed.
Jason: I’ll leave that to Steve.

YIA: What’s the best middle eight you guys have ever heard?
Matt: One of my favorite middle eights is in Hanging By a Thread by Nickel Creek. It’s a complete harmonic departure from anything relatively close to normal, all woven together perfectly by a beautiful understated melody. Not to toot our own horn (which ironically typically precedes the tooting of one’s own horn), but I really, really, enjoy the way we perform the middle eight to our own Not I in live shows.
Steve: Any bridge by The Beatles. They define middle eights. Stevie Wonder wrote great bridges too. And Miles Davis’ B section on So What. It’s just a half step up but oh so beautiful to improvise over that Coltrane sped it up and would solo over it for maybe 40 choruses. I like to think that all of our “middle eights” in our songs are kind of unique and probably one of our defining features. We don’t write bridges the same way every time. Every time they are different.
Dave: Yeah, and I think that’s one of the things that makes our music great is that not only are our middle eights different from one another, but each song has its own distinct sound and mood. We keep things interesting for the audience. I think especially the mid and later Beatles’ albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper are some of our biggest influences in this area.
Tallin: I like the Brooklyn Bridge the best because you can see the Statue of Liberty from it rather well.
Jason: I prefer longer bridges than your typical 8 bar bridge. I also like songs with unconventional structures as well. I don’t know if it’s a self fulfilling prophecy with our name and all but there is definitely a lot of focus on the middle sections of all our songs. It always ends up being an area of experimentation.

Editor’s Note: It’s OK Tallin, we like the Brooklyn Bridge, too!

YIA: What’s cooler: shooting your music for a movie or shooting a music video?
Steve: Probably a movie because there are literally hundreds of people standing around cheering for you even when you don’t play a note. We must be really hot! The music videos are more fun because we get to be actors playing addicts or lovers in parallel worlds. I can’t wait for the next two coming out. They will rock your worlds.
Dave: Definitely a movie, I’d say. It’s not so often that we get a chance to be part of something so large-scale. Not to mention all the new fans we can get!
Tallin: Playing live.
Jason: The movie was a surreal experience. The videos are really fun to make as well.

YIA:If Catherine Zeta-Jones moved in next door, would you be her rebound?
Steve: Only if I was single then she would be MY rebound. Shooooot.
Dave: I really see no problem with age difference…
Tallin: I heard she likes the younger men…

YIA: Barack Obama or Joe Biden: Who would be more likely to buy a copy of your new EP, dropping in early 2009?
Tallin: We have a new EP?
Matt: FACT: Sarah Palin made an unsuccessful attempt to ban the mere thought of our new EP because of the powerful emotions that it elicits. But to answer the question, Biden will buy the hardcopy, and Barack will buy the digital download. He’s hip like that.
Jason: I think they’ll both be at the release party so If anyone is interested they should come down as well…

Editor’s Note: OK folks, you heard it here from Jason first: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be at The Middle Eight’s EP release party in oh nine. Ha! This is how rumors start.

YIA: Do you guys think Jason looks like Ben Edgar, Missy Higgins’s guitarist?

Steve: No he looks like Mick Jagger with a beard, an honest smile, and awkward walk.
Tallin: Who?
Jason: I get Jim Morrison or Mick Jagger.
Matt: I think if Teddy Roosevelt would have worn a top hat, he would have looked exactly like Mr. Peanut.
Dave: Mr. Peanut doesn’t have a mustache…but Jason does.

YIA: There’s five of you. Does that make your music 5x better?
Steve:It’s the combination of us five that makes our music infinitely better. It is however, 5X sexier. Instead of XXX it’s like XXXXX. Watch out ladies!
Tallin: As a math major I must tell you that 5 times XXX is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Matt: We are exponential morons. Therefore, we are 3125 times more awesome than ourselves.


~ by youisawesome on December 1, 2008.

One Response to “The Middle Eight, you is awesome!”

  1. Who’s Missy Higgins?

    I can see the resemblance…Ha.

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