New Release & Video: Midlake – Bethel Woods

Photo Credit: Barbara FG

With their new album For the Sake of Bethel Woods due out 18th March, Midlake have shared an absorbing video for new single “Bethel Woods” directed by Brantley Gutierrez (Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Diplo) and starring acclaimed actor Michael Peña.

Of the track Midlake frontman Eric Pulido says: “Bethel Woods lyrically was born out of a documentary film still of Dave Chandler (Jesse’s Dad) at 16 years old sitting in the massive crowd of Woodstock in 1969. Dave died a few years ago in tragic circumstances and I was moved to write this song from his point of view with a message of peace in returning to that special place and reuniting with loved ones ‘down the road’.”

Director Brantley Gutierez adds: “When Midlake approached me to direct the video for ‘Bethel Woods’ I knew I wanted to do a take on a ghost story. To play with the idea of returning to a place full of memories. The concept of emotional attachment to the people and the memories in those places, what the confusion might feel like for those who have passed on. Working with the highly talented Michael Peña was an absolute pleasure; he brought something to the character that felt honest and relatable.”

Midlake began re-attending to their patch in 2019, with the bulk of the album’s work undertaken when the world shut down in 2020. The lockdown turned out to be helpful, in terms of offering an escape from grim reality and focusing the band’s energies – essential for an outfit whose members (Pulido, Chandler, Smith, Eric Nichelson and Joey McClellan) had all pursued alternative ventures following Antiphon. Also on-hand was new collaborator John Congleton, who produced, engineered and mixed the album, marking Midlake’s first record with an outside producer. “I can’t say enough just how much his influence brought our music to another sonic place than we would have,” says Pulido. “I don’t want to record without a producer again. Part of that is the health of the band, because as you get older you get more opinionated and you kind of need that person who says, ‘No, it’s going to be this way!’ It’s hard to do that with your friends.”

Midlake UK 2022 tour dates:

Tuesday 5th April 2022 – Brighton – Chalk
Wednesday 6th April 2022 – London – Roundhouse
Friday 8th April 2022 – Newcastle – University Student’s Union
Saturday 9th April 2022 – Edinburgh – Assembly Rooms
Sunday 10th April 2022 – Manchester – Albert Hall