Here’s how it often goes with Middle Kids.
A song will come to Hannah Joy, usually by surprise, sometimes in the dead of night, almost always in private. With the house to herself, the singer-guitarist-songwriter will tinker with it, sketching her verses and loosely framing how they could fit within the music.
Then, when she’s gone for the day, bassist Tim Fitz will see what she has done and add his own shape-shifting elements and figure out if they jibe with Joy’s ideas.
By the time Harry Day is ready to polish his parts on drums, there’s still room for him to put his stamp on the work.
“Even though Tim and I live together, and we’re married, the work flows usually more when the other person is gone,” Joy says. “Yeah, it’s not like we’re in the room together and say, ‘Hey, play that minor chord again, babe,’” Fitz says with a laugh. “We’re more like, ‘Get out! I’ve got some work to do.’”
One listen to Lost Friends, Middle Kids critically acclaimed debut record and it’s clear that the rising Australian trio is aligned with each member’s own vision. Its 12 songs veer from brittle blasts of indie rock to elegiac piano ballads to pop anthems destined to ignite stadium singalongs.
Lost Friends saw the band pick up the highly converted triple j ‘J Award’ for Album Of The Year in 2018, alongside a nomination for Best Rock Album at the ARIAs. The album includes the band’s debut single and biggest hit to date, ‘Edge Of Town’, which has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify. Single ‘Mistake’, with its infectious chorus that could have been lifted straight out of a long-lost Fleetwood Mac album, landed in Triple J’s 2019 Hottest 100 at number 64. The album was launched with a sold-out headline performance at the Sydney Opera House, a rare feat for any band.
Whilst Sydney, Australia is called home, Middle Kids has spent a large part of their time as a band touring internationally with great success. The band have appeared on many U.S. late night television shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with James Corden. They have toured internationally with the likes of Cold War Kids, Bloc Party and appeared at festivals such as The Governors Ball, Lollapalozza, Osheaga Festival and many more.
Surprising many, the band showed no signs of slowing down with the recent release of two brand new singles, ‘Salt Eyes’ and ‘Real Thing’, and the announcement of a new EP due May 2019. Both singles have been widely supported by key radio stations across the globe and are yet another display of their knack for haunting hooks and lyrical poignancy that ooze irresistible indie rock appeal.