From the top of the Pacific Northwest weaving
their poignant, introspective lyrics through textured melodies and
intricate guitar riffs enhanced with vocal strength and mass appeal.
Glued together from the remnants of several
short-lived indie rock bands, Middle 8 got its start after Drummer
David Caron and Vocalist Mark Wright dissolved their hard rock
band, Black, in early 2000.
"We decided to do a project that was acoustic
guitar driven with bass and drums" says Caron. Wright and
Caron, who have been writing and performing together for eight
years, worked out the tracks for Middle 8's debut album "Hero"
over four weekends in late 2001.
"David's production vision and my writing
vision met somewhere in the middle," says Wright, "and
it turned into Hero." For the recording of Hero, Canadian
musicians, Vince Schofield and Dale Anaka, formerly of the alternative
rock syndicate, Glimmer, were brought in to lay down the guitar
tracks. Their stint in Middle 8 was cut short after they were
stopped at the border coming here not allowed to finish tracking.
"The U.S. customs authority thought they were coming here
and making money playing gigs, so they wouldn't let them in with
instruments." says Caron. "Jess Gaedtke, a friend and
local guitarist from Seattle, ended up finishing the last few
guitar tracks on the record." Dale was able to comedown for
a visit at the end of tracking and finished up some guitar tracks
on "One" using Mark's acoustic guitar.
With the release of Hero, Middle 8 expanded
their outfit to include Bassist Linda Hurley. Hurley, a veteran
of several San Diego area rock/pop outfits, and one-time bass
contender for Hole, was strolling through a local record store
and spotted a "Help Wanted" poster. "I called and
talked with David, and stepped up." says Hurley. After having
a few speed bumps trying find a lead guitarist who could reproduce
the sonic feel of the album, expand on ideas and fit with the
band's character, Middle 8 gathered guitarist Chuck Rames to join
the group. With a few minor adjustments and the growth of musical
chemistry between the band mates, Middle 8 is now up and running
at full speed.
Middle 8 plans on recapturing the former Black
fan base with a bit of a different style. "We decided to
use the same method The Beatles did for writing music" says
Caron. "They would take it right to the studio, and then
took it live."
In its 6 year run, Black released three albums
selling over 6,500 copies and received air play from stations
as far away as WNTI in Hackettstown, New Jersey. They appeared
twice on the Jenny Jones show, and opened a Northwest date for
Queensryche on their last tour.
Using their vast experience and previous accomplishments,
Caron, Wright Hurley, Rames and Lint are already making Middle
8's Hero ear candy for fans. "We were the number one album
for the first two weeks and in the Top 10 since release date at
the Sam Goody in Bellingham." says Caron. "Not too bad
for a band just getting started."