Welcome back to Toronto’s Nathan John & @TheMidwayState with “Crystallized”

NATHAN JOHN & THE MIDWAY STATE, “Crystallized”

I’ve long felt that Toronto’s The Midway State were one of the finest, most sincere and approachable bands from Toronto to acquire some national success between 2008 and 2012 with the release of two solid albums, and I’ve written about them extensively.  That time frame also saw them perform with Lady Gaga on the MuchMusic Video Awards and singer/songwriter Nathan John Ferraro to be nominated for a Juno Award for songwriter of the year.  The quartet – also consisting of Mike Wise, Mike Kirsh and Daenon Kael – performed regularly throughout Canada, and after 2012 everything about The Midway State on social media went quiet.  So I was surprised to find that a new song, “Crystallized”, had surfaced inauspiciously with the band rebranded as Nathan John & The Midway State.  The deeper, electronic sound marries successfully with the anthemic qualities that the band lend to many of their songs, while not being as understated as some of the songs from their 2011 release, the Coldplay-ish Paris Or India.  With songs like “Crystallized”, I don’t think previous fans will waste any time welcoming back and spreading the word about the music of Nathan John & The Midway State, and I hope some live shows will be forthcoming soon. 

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