Nathan Ferraro's voice emits directly through his nose. Whether or not bypassing his throat was a conscious choice on Ferraro's part, let's just say it works for him. Even though this type of nasally whine is usually reserved for the most annoying of emo rockers, Ferraro manages to roll with it. Without a doubt, it's these vocals that give his Toronto-based band, the Midway State, their most identifiable marker. However, that's not all there is to it.
The band's self-titled debut EP is unshakeably solid straight through all five tracks. Turns out, it's nearly impossible to fight the urge for a second, third, and fourth listen. The Midway State
kicks off with the racing "Met A Man On Top The Hill" (is that a drum machine?!), and has three very off-kilter, very magnificent love songs filling up its middle.
To finish it all off is "A Million Fireflies," the most intense song on the EP. It starts with thirty-seconds of piano theatrics worthy of Sarah Slean, soon joined by power chords worthy of Metallica. Top it off with that bold and brash voice, and you've got an excellent soundtrack for that movie scene where the hero finally realizes he can't live without the girl he's just kicked to the curb.
Watch 'em, because it's good, it's good, it's very good.
Check out four-fifths of the record at www.myspace.com/themidwaystate (sadly "A Million Fireflies" is not currently posted).