Texan band Midlake, who headline the Sligo Live festival this Friday, say they've gained a new sense of freedom following the shock departure of their lead singer Tim Smith last year.
Speaking to RTÉ Ten on the eve of the Sligo gig, new vocalist Eric Pulido says that Smith's decision to leave had a big impact on their new album, Antiphon.
“I think there was a great deal of well wishes from us to Tim and from Tim to us," says Pulido. "You get so used to the merry-go-round or the hamster wheel of what you’re doing sometimes you have to shake things up.
"We didn’t ask for it, it wasn’t what I wanted but you just kinda take the hand you’re dealt and you play it, you play it the best you can. That’s what we did. We wanted to carry on and we did that the best we knew how and also being honest in how we expressed ourselves musically.”
Antiphon is released on Bella Union on November 1st and Midlake play Sligo Live on October 25th at the Knocknarea Arena Sligo IT and Vicar Street, Dublin on February 23rd 2014