Midtown pay tribute to Elvis Costello with ‘Pump It Up’ cover

Midtown are back with another brand new tribute from their forthcoming EP, ‘We’re Too Old To Write New Songs, So Here’s Some Old Songs We Didn’t Write.’

The guitarist Tyler Rann shares: “To this day I can still quote PCU, the underrated Jeremy Piven movie that first introduced me to ‘Pump It Up’. But my intro to Elvis Costello is from a far more impactful movie – ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I remember seeing an image of this bizarre-looking person on the wall of Damone’s room – so strange and uncool (even next to Devo!) that I actually found it appealing. Shortly after, I picked up ‘This Year’s Model’ at my local CD store and found that a nerdy guy named Elvis could rock out and play fast and angsty enough to appeal to young teenage punk rockers living in suburban New Jersey. The crossover between pop, new wave, and punk completely broadened my horizons. Elvis Costello broke down so many of my misconceptions about what music should sound (and look) like.”

‘Pump It Up’ is the third single from Midtown’s forthcoming EP ‘We’re Too Old To Write New Songs, So Here’s Some Old Songs We Didn’t Write,’ set to be released on May 26th. The four-song collection features Midtown’s take on influential songs from their past, including Pavement’s ‘Cut Your Hair’ and Lagwagon’s ‘Know It All’.

Midtown had such a blast playing its first shows in a near-decade that the emo-punk trailblazers decided to stick around. Fresh off last year’s sold-out headlining tour – and a string of arena dates opening for old friends My Chemical RomanceMidtown presents its first new recordings in almost two decades. The Jersey-bred quartet’s surprise EP – ‘We’re Too Old to Write New Songs So Here’s Some Old Songs We Didn’t Write’ – features four supercharged covers of songs seminal to Midtown’s musical DNA.

Behind the success of 2022’s reunion and this exciting batch of songs, Midtown has found a new cadence. They’re slated to appear alongside Paramore and Blink-182 at Atlantic City, NJ’s inaugural Adjacent Festival this May, and don’t be surprised if more headlining shows appear around the holidays. Same goes for another surprise EP – perhaps with fans getting to vote on which songs get covered. Maybe a March Madness-style bracket to see what makes the cut? It’s all on the table.

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