Middle Brother, Middle Brother

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 03.05.11 in Reviews

Middle Brother

Middle Brother

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.

Indie-folk frontmen have a blast outside of the spotlight

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.