EXCLUSIVE: Meridian’s “Laila, I’m Sorry” is a lost ’90s power-pop gem

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Cleveland-based group Meridian were founded a few years back by the Stern brothers, Jake and Max (the latter also of Signals Midwest), as a folksy, acoustic duo, but the songs the Sterns wrote soon warranted a full band—thus Meridian’s current incarnation as a powerful alt-rock quintet was born. The band are releasing a split 7-inch with Australian folk duo and kindred spirits Pinch Hitter, and we are proud to be debuting that EP’s lead track, “Laila, I’m Sorry,” for you today. Vocalist/guitarist tells the story behind the song:

“‘Laila, I’m Sorry’ was recorded in the same sessions as our 2014 album ‘The Cathedral’ and was one of the first songs where Meridian started to feel more like a band and less like a bedroom project. Jake and I had the song as originally more of a folky thing but once the other guys got their hands on it, it turned into a power-pop jam. Definitely one of my favorites we’ve ever written.”

The Meridian/Pinch Hitter split will be released on May 18; you can pre-order it now via Youth Conspiracy Records (US) and Lost Boy Records (AUS). [Youth Conspiracy Records is run by Substream editor in chief Scott Heisel —full-disclosure ed.]

 

Meridian and Pinch hitter will hit the road beginning May 21 in Brooklyn and will tour through mid-June; dates:

Meridian and Pinch Hitter on tour
5/21 – BROOKLYN, NY @ LEGION BAR
5/22 – BOSTON, MA @ O’BRIENS
5/23 – ALBANY, NY @ THE ICEHOUSE
5/24 – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ @ TBA
5/26 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ HAZEL HOUSE
5/27 – EASTON, MD @ STOLTZ LISTENING ROOM
5/28 – FALLS CHURCH, VA @ HELIUM HAUS
5/29 – WASHINGTON, DC @ HOLE IN THE SKY
5/30 – PITTSBURGH, PA @ BATES HARDCORE GYM
5/31 – ROCHESTER, NY @ WEIDER HALL
6/1 – COLUMBUS, OH @ KAFE KEROUAC
6/2 – CINCINNATI, OH @ TBA
6/3 – ROCK ISLAND, IL @ THEO’S JAVA CLUB
6/4 – CHICAGO, IL @ 8AM
6/5 – CLEVELAND, OH @ ST. JOHN’S CHURCH
6/6 – KANE, PA @ SPIDERFEST
Meridian on tour (no Pinch Hitter)
6/9 – ASHEVILLE, NC @ THE ODDITORIUM (LATE SHOW)
6/10 – CHAPEL HILL, NC @ LOCAL 506 FRONT ROOM
6/11 – CHARLOTTE, NC @ DOGE HAUS
6/12 – ATLANTA, GA @ PARTS UNKNOWN
6/13 – SAVANNAH, GA @ TBA
6/14 – ORLANDO, FL @ WILL’S PUB
6/15 – GAINESVILLE, FL @ TOO OLD TO CARE HOUSE
6/16 – TAMPA, FL @ TBA
6/17 – TALAHASSEE, FL @ MIDTOWN SPEAKEASY
6/18 – NEW ORLEANS, LA @ TBA
6/19 – BIRMINGHAM, AL @ TBA
6/20 – NASVHILLE, TN @ TBA
6/21 – LOUISVILLE, KY @ SPINELLI’S