Download: Midatlantic, "Shine"
When you’re a four-piece Boston rock band in part imported from Dublin and called the Bleedin Bleedins, you’re pretty much telling potential show attendees, “Your face will be punched.” Since their jaggier and more punkified days, however, the Bleedins have done a bit of ironing and straightening up, and they’ve changed their name to Midatlantic. Think Brooklyn meets Brixton — or is it Brighton meets Brighton? Either way, this formula — a “Midatlantic” meeting of black-shirted, tightly panted postpunk — has always done well in Boston. Check out “Shine”: smart guitars, ample knuckle, a beat that knows you’ve been drinking, and sweetly harmonized title kickers. It’s one of a gang of charmers on their new The Longest Silence, which you can get at their Great Scott show this Saturday, December 6 (where they join Tigercity, Taxpayer, and the Information). You can also catch them opening for Letters to Cleo on December 8 at the Paradise. In the meantime, grab “Shine” above.
-- Michael Brodeur