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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.


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.”

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“Bought It” is another extremely promising track from the debut album release of Middle Kids long player, Lost Friends. We have already heard earlier tracks “Mistake” and “On My Knees,” and now the Sydney indie rockers have given us a pleasing dose of chugging twilight guitar-pop. You can check it out below,

Middle Kids’ debut album ‘Lost Friends’, out May 4th 2018.

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If you’ve been fanging for some Middle Kids action then crave no more because the band have gone and unleashed a ripper live video for their tune “Mistake”.

Filmed at Sydney’s Golden Retriever Studio, the video shows the trio in their element with lead singer Hannah Joy tearing the track apart as emotion floods her face.

Mistake is the first taste fans have copped from the group’s highly anticipated debut album Lost Friends, which is due to drop on 4th May. The band are currently in the UK, smashing out some London gigs, but will return for a huge Australian tour that kicks off in May and culminates in a massive show at Sydney’s VIVID LIVE festival.

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.

MIDDLE KIDS – ” Old River “

Posted: January 23, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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“They have a raw energy, emotion, and very hooky tunes, all anchored by Hannah Joy’s confident and soaring vocals.” Among Australia’s most exciting acts, the Sydney trio’s huge debut single ‘Edge of Town’ made a monumental impact. It’s emotional, evocative songwriting, and Hannah Joy’s unmatchable high notes still give me shivers. They doubled down on that introduction with a self-titled EP packed with heart-bursting alt-country tinged indie rock last year. It’s a cathartic, unstoppable rush, and the band’s first full-length is set to push them to even greater heights. You can just tell this is going to be something special

Middle Kids – Old River (Official Video) Taken from Middle Kids’ debut self-titled EP, out now.

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Australian alt-rock trio Middle Kids followed up this year’s excellent self-titled debut EP by offering covers of Car Seat Headrest’s “Fill In The Blank and Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and now they’ve added another cover to that list: a spare, haunting version of Blink-182’s pop-punk classic “All The Small Things” that they recorded for Amazon’s Amazon Acoustics playlist. “In this recording, we were attempting to re-imagine a pop-punk classic as a sad country ballad,” the band explain. “We kept the beautiful words and the melody, but changed instrumentation to bring out different emotion.”


Sydney's Middle Kids, and pop-punk legends Blink-182

Sydney’s Middle Kids are currently one of the most successful musical exports that Australia has produced in recent times. With the group already riding high on a wave of success, they’ve just gone and released a brilliant acoustic cover of Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’, the group’s new “sad folk version” of the classic pop-punk anthem comes as part of an upcoming compilation album by online retailing giant Amazon

“We don’t play covers in our live set, but we are interested in the infinite discovery of what makes a ‘great’ song,” the band said. “In this recording, we were attempting to re-imagine a pop-punk classic as a sad country ballad. We kept the beautiful words and the melody, but changed instrumentation to bring out different emotion.”

The group’s cover of the track comes from the new Amazon Acoustics playlist, which is set to drop tomorrow. The playlist also includes a number of other brilliant artists performing acoustic originals and covers, such as Beach Slang, Cody ChesnuTT, Richard Edwards of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, and Ruby Empress.

You might also recall the other brilliant covers that Middle Kids have tackled lately, including their astonishing version of Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ for triple j’s Like A Version, and their cover of Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Fill In The Blank’ for the SiriusXMU Sessions. .

Middle Kids are a Sydney-based bundle of sheer buzz at the moment, but in our books it’s more than justified. Their debut EP is a lovely piece of work, and hit single ‘Edge Of Town’ bowls us over every time.

Middle Kids’ Car Seat Headrest cover might be the best thing you’ll hear this week

Today, they have a new gem for us in the form of a glimmering piano take on ‘Fill In The Blank’ by Car Seat Headrest, performed as part of their live SiriusXMU Sessions recently. The guitar-based original makes it through the translation brilliantly, maybe even ending up as our preferred version as it comes out the other side.

Middle Kids are currently in the middle of a US tour, but they’re set to make their way back onto home shores back in November,  Check out Middle Kids’ cover of Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’, below.



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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.