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From their first, self-titled EP in 2017, to debut album Lost Friends, the Sydney band has always had a knack for wrapping their listeners up in warmth and instant comfort. On their folow up album, “Today We’re The Greatest”, Middle Kids keep up that spirit of optimism. Yet in the song writing and delivery of its 12 tracks, “Today We’re The Greatest” feels more grown up. 

There’s no denying that Middle Kids are very good at what they do. They’re pros – consummate songwriters and performers. But what happens when the impressionable indie kids grow up? When life takes hold and points them in different directions, how does that affect the musical output?. For Middle Kids, it’s made for an album that reflects not just the change in their band and their personal lives, but also a realisation that your relationship with music can change over time.

“I want to make music that loves its listener,” songwriter Hannah Joy says. “Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts. I want people to hear our music, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.” It’s an interesting way to describe music’s effects. When that unique connection is struck, a moving piece of music can make you cry, get you through, rile you up, make you intensely happy.

The way Today We’re The Greatest deploys Middle Kids’ sentimentality and romanticism stands out as one of its biggest drawcards. The front end of the album is stacked with moods. The slow burn of album opener ‘Bad Neighbours’ with its stream of consciousness storytelling. The shimmering nature of ‘Cellophane (Brain)’ that punches things into bright indie rock territory. 

Songs like ‘R U 4 Me?’ and ‘Questions’, which revel in the type of emotional upswings that could easily put them on an Arcade Fire record. 

Although all of the above are different in their energy and impact, the boldness that Middle Kids have applied to their production and creation – that we see throughout the rest of the album – shows how they themselves have changed in between albums. Notably, Hannah and bandmate/husband Tim Fitz were preparing to become first-time parents while making the album.

Recorded at the end of 2019, Today We’re The Greatest would be in mixing and post-production for much of 2020. It proved to be a shift of pace for Middle Kids who, before this point, had been living life largely on tour. Now, settled in Sydney with a new life about to come into the world, the band was given the opportunity to look at the way they made music differently. For the first time in a long time, they had the opportunity to breathe.

“We use the word ‘beauty’ in terms of shaping it,” Hannah said, reflecting on the recording process. “I think because we were trying to create more beautiful moments, there’s been a different emphasis [compared to] some of our older stuff. I think there’s beauty in there, but I think it’s been more edgy, empowering…those classic indie pop sounds. This has been about trying to sit in the space a little bit more and seeing what happens.”

Middle Kids’ forthcoming album ‘Today We’re The Greatest,’ out March 19th, 2021.

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Australian trio Middle Kids release “New Songs For Old Problems”, a six-track mini-album. The mini-album, recorded at the band’s own studio in Sydney and produced by bass player Tim Fitz, follows hot on the heels of what was a massive 2018 for Middle Kids and the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Lost Friends, which won Australian radio station Triple J’s prestigious Album of the Year award.

Of Real Thing, the new single, lead singer Hannah Joy explains that Real Thing is the lifelong quest for meaning. The quiet, persistent voice in the stillness that constantly checks to see if you truly think you’ve found the thing you’re looking for.” The six-song EP will see the trio continue their brand of emphatic, guitar-forward indie pop. This EP comes after the band’s popular debut album, Lost Friends.

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Hannah Joy talks us through the release, track by track.

‘Beliefs & Prayers’ is a fanfare about people pretending to be nice when actually they are not. It’s rambunctious and intense and if it were a cheese it would be Roquefort.

I wrote ‘Salt Eyes’ because I used to think I needed alcohol to be okay when it was, in fact, one of the things that was making me not okay. The opening chords make me feel like I’m 20 years old arriving at a party and realising that I am not drunk enough to endure it.

‘Needle’ is a real rambly song singing about the phenomenon of everybody telling everybody else what to do on the internet because we’re all experts and we all know best. But then we are so SAD and ANXIOUS so what’s that all about?

‘Real Thing’ is the lifelong quest for meaning. The quiet, persistent voice in the stillness that constantly checks to see if you truly think you’ve found the thing you’re looking for. It has a cool pairing of crunchy guitars against a saucy groove. “Real Thing” begins with solemn-sounding guitar tremolo and Joy’s powerful vocal sighs. Once the chorus hits, though, all three members join forces to create a bittersweet melody backed up with fuzzed-out guitar. It’s layered and effortless

‘Call Me Snowflake’ is slightly unhinged but manages to keep itself together. It’s the most rough, punky moment on ‘New Songs for Old Problems’. But it’s also quite sensitive which is really brought out the in the long coda jam.

It is sometimes hard to go on and that is what ‘Big Softy’ is all about. The accordion in this song helps wheeze out the emotion in the chorus. Sometimes we just need an acknowledgement that life is hard, it has been since the beginning of time, and sometimes you need to just sing that out and then continue on.

To be released May 24th, 2019

Middle Kids share new single ‘Salt Eyes’

Australian band members Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz – aka Middle Kids – have shared brand new track ‘Salt Eyes’. The Australian band released their debut album ‘Lost Friends’ back in May but they’ve already shared the new non-album track.

Of the track, Hannah explains: “‘Salt Eyes’ is when you get those red-dry-eyes after a big cry. Sometimes we try to live large but actually it makes us feel small. ‘Salt Eyes’ is what we get when we’re searching for freedom but haven’t found it yet.”

Middle Kids are due to support Bloc Party on their upcoming Silent Alarm tour, before heading out on their own UK tour in November.

Middle Kids – “Salt Eyes”, out now on Domino / Lucky Number / EMI.

Middle Kids’ indie rock gem ‘Lost Friends’ is out today

After taking the world by storm fresh off the back of their self-titled debut EP in 2017, Middle Kids have dropped their stunning, highly anticipated debut full length Lost Friends.

The band have spent the last few months drumming up hype in the US, winning over crowds with their soaring sound on the stages of Jimmy Kimmel and headline sets across the country.

Lost Friends is Middle Kids cementing their status as total indie-rock trailblazers – it’s the perfect melding of dream pop and soft rock, a combination pulled off with aplomb that showcases both a burning wisdom and youthful jubilance in their songwriting. Tracks like ‘Maryland’ and ‘Don’t Be Hiding’ prove the band’s knack for impeccable, subtle yet emotionally driven songwriting – think Fleetwood Mac meets Alvvays, it’s a modern take on classic tropes that have soundtracked many life-milestones for years. The guitar tones are warm and sentimental, frontwoman Hannah Joy’s vocal performance is powerfully vulnerable, all culminating in a radiant feast.

Joy stated last month that the album revolves around the themes of “hope and love”, coming in abundance on Lost Friends. 

“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideas that are universal, like hope and love.”

Middle Kids have dropped a hilarious video for their indie-rock burner ‘On My Knees’

One of Australia’s most promising indie-rock acts, Middle Kids have continued their stride to total takeover, releasing a amusing new video for the track ‘On My Knees’.

The video follows a talent show style audition session, with individuals showing off their many unique skills to varied success – that paired with the soaring hooks and fuzzy guitars Middle Kids have mastered, the whole experience makes for a pretty uplifting affair. Lost Friends is slated for a release of May 4th, which frontwoman Hannah Joy says revolves around the universal themes of hope and love.

“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideas that are universal, like hope and love.”

“On My Knees” taken from Middle Kids‘ debut album ‘Lost Friends’, out May 4th 2018.

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With the confidence Middle Kids display in their songwriting and performances, it’s hard to believe just how new of a band they are.
The emerging indie pop band from Sydney, Australia has its roots in 2014 when classically trained pianist Hannah Joy met multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz, who worked as producer for Joy’s solo work. The project turned collaborative, and shortly after they recruited drummer Harry Day. Before the band had even played a show, they wrote and recorded their incredible debut single “Edge of Town”, which gained quick exposure after Elton John shared the track on his radio show and Apple Music playlist.

They quickly released their debut self-titled EP, which was recorded partially in their garage. They arrived in Toronto for a tour stop with Cold War Kids at the Danforth Music Hall, and played a short set for us in the Stiegl Hidden Studio which included “Edge of Town” and two other stand-out tracks from their EP. Check out their performance below and see for yourself why Middle Kids have blown up so quickly (and to check out Hannah’s unique upside-down guitar playing.)

Middle Kids perform “Edge of Town”, “Fire In Your Eyes”, and “Old River” live for Indie88 in the Stiegl Hidden Studio.

This Australian trio might only have two singles to their name, but they’re almost pre-booked to be the breakout act of this year’s SXSW, after garnering praise from NPR and Rolling Stone before they barnstorm SXSW as part of their U.S. tour opening for Cold War Kids this quarter. Their music is a melange of American rock influences, like all of the best rock from Down Under these days. “Edge of Town” is their best song so far; from the opening guitar strums to vocalist Hannah Joy’s searching vocals, the song unfurls for its entire run time, a bike ride rush of feelings and guitars. They’re readying an EP and an LP for sometime this year