The middle child is typically not the one who gets the attention. It's fitting, then, that this indie-folk supergroup of sorts — comprised of Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez, Deer Tick's John McCauley and Dawes's Taylor Goldsmith — call themselves Middle Brother. On their first outing together, the three frontmen are careful not to upstage each other.
Middle Brother's self-titled debut is more or less exactly what you'd expect if you've ever heard any of the members' regular outfits: acoustic guitars, twangy harmonies and southern-rock romps. Some of the best moments come from high energy and a sense of humor ("Middle Brother," "Me Me Me") and soulful, '60s-girl group "ooohs and "aahs" ("Someday"). While the sounds might not be a drastic change from their normal gigs, there's no doubt that these guys are having a total blast when they aren't always in the spotlight.