Sleepover Show #32: Midi and the Modern Dance

A chance encounter in the summer of 2010 lead us to Midi & The Modern Dance. The Connecticut nonet (that’s nine members, folks) almost literally blew the doors off a small art gallery in Central Square, Cambridge. With genre stretching hooks, passionate vocals and the rocking-est accordion this side of Gogol Bordello, Midi was a band we definitely had to capture.

Months later, on a chilly Sunday afternoon, we convened with Midi brainchild Omeed Goodarzi before the band’s performance at an Allston DIY performance space. With a slow smile he situated himself underneath an owl picture in the living room of “The Wacky Mansion.” Three of the band’s remaining eight members sat on an adjacent couch sipping coffee.

First we were graced with Everything I Touch (Just Falls Apart) off of Midi’s record Make It Easy On Yourself. The normally playful (dare I say Phantom Planet-esque) tune took on a more somber tone, and before we knew it, it was over. Only about 90 seconds, the song begs to be listened to over and over again.

Next, Omeed played a song called Reprise, also off of Make It Easy On Yourself. The upbeat song culminated in the singer’s plaintive request: I want to rip you to shreds and tear you apart. I want to break all the pieces of your little heart.

For the last tune, Problems Get Worked Out, Goodarzi was joined by other band members Adam Levison, Bill Indelicato and Will Ponturo. These new additions acted as a heartbroken chorus for the sullen song. As of yet, Problems Get Worked Out is only available in demo form; however, it has quickly become one of our favorite Midi & The Modern Dance songs. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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