Mid­dle Ground love pop-punk sound

Southern Telegraph - - Entertainment - Ar­ran Mor­ton

A teenage love of pop-punk mu­sic led to a new mu­si­cal project for Clark­son band Mid­dle Ground.

Singer and gui­tarist Chris Tonkin said he and friends Alex Hand and Joel Stu­art, who play bass and drums re­spec­tively, grew up lis­ten­ing to Blink 182, Green Day and Stage Pimps and wanted to em­u­late their sound.

Tonkin said the guys had taken to writ­ing songs, post­ing their first sin­gle Med­i­ca­tion on­line ear­lier this year.

“Usu­ally it’s me sit­ting in a room and com­ing up with acous­tic stuff, then tak­ing it to the other guys,” he said.

“We do like to throw in a sur­prise cover here and there.”

Tonkin said the band had no plans to record an EP, but hoped to build their pro­file by play­ing reg­u­lar gigs.

“At the mo­ment we are just fo­cus­ing on play­ing our mu­sic and look­ing to build the num­ber of gigs we do,” he said.

“We’re re­ally just in it for a bit of fun, but we do want to make a bit of a name for our­selves.”

Mid­dle Ground will be joined on stage on Fri­day by Aaron Gwynaire, Calvin Don­nelly and Bethany Joan.

Head down to Bar Indigo from 8pm.

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