The Middle East breaks up

    When Aussie collective The Middle East recently debuted “Hunger Song”, off their debut full-length album I Want That You Are Always Happy, we had high hopes that they’d finally hit it big in America. Unfortunately, just days after the album dropped in July, the band took the Splendour in the Grass stage and called it their “last show ever”. Now they’ve gone on Facebook to announce plans to, at least temporarily, call it quits. In a Wall Post from August 2nd, the group wrote:

    writing to inform you that we’re ceasing. i’m not sure if we’ll make more music later on or not.
    we don’t feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won’t list here and i’m afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i’d rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.
    we had fun.
    t.s elliot wrote ‘you are the music while the music lasts’, but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don’t put too much stock in his quotes.
    i’m very tired. until next time.
    sincerely yours,
    the middle east.

    However, the group left something of a parting gift with not one but two videos for the record’s single “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”. The band teamed up with to find the best fan-made music videos. The competition ended up with two winners, with both efforts available for viewing below. The first, produced by Robert Brandon and Robin James (Rob&Rob) of the UK, involves the hottest fire dancer ever (get it?). The second, courtesy of Andy Pearce of Australia, is a heaping help of cerebral nostalgia and butterfly women.

    “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party” (Rob&Rob)

    “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party” (Andy Pierce)