Middle Kids have just wrapped their first extensive North American tour – a resounding success which saw a late night TV debut on ‘Conan’; sessions with KCRW and KEXP; a packed SXSW schedule including shows for FLOOD, KUTX, KCRW, and Waterloo Records; and a sold out show at Baby’s All Right to close the 2-month run. As they head back to Australia to join the Ryan Adams tour Down Under, Middle Kids have shared a video for the song "Old River," from the self-titled EP out now on Domino. The video consists of footage the band shot whilst on this tour, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into life on the road for a rapidly-rising act in a foreign country.
Middle Kids will be back on US soil this summer. The band will open for Sylvan Esso at Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn, signaling the start of a brief North American run including stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago and Osheaga in Montreal, with many more shows to be announced. Current itinerary below:
MIDDLE KIDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Wed July 26 || Brooklyn, NY || Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell * Sun July 30 || Detroit, MI || Mo Pop Festival Thurs August 3 || Chicago, IL || Lollapolooza August 4 - 6 || Montreal, QC || Osheaga Music Festival
* with Sylvan Esso
Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Hannah Joy, with Tim Fitz (producer and multi-instrumentalist), and Harry Day (drums) rounding out the team, Middle Kids combine echoes of the infamous female-fronted indie rock bands of the 90s and early 2000s, like Sleater-Kinney, The Breeders, and Belly, with thoroughly modern production and a deep love and respect of the songwriting process. The band’s anthemic sound is a combination of hooky tune craft, ripping Music Row-inspired slide guitar leads, and soaring melodic vocals. Middle Kids shine especially bright live, where an added gear takes them from 0 to 60 in quiet-to-loud dynamics with hair-raising emotional impact. There’s a contagious joy to this new band - wide-eyed and optimistic, but with an emotional rawness that touches the nerve of even the first-time listener.
Since "Edge of Town’s” original release in 2016, the song has accrued a staggering 5 million plays on Spotify - a bonafide streaming hit. The song currently sits at the top of the Sirius XMU chart, and has been championed by non-comm and commercial radio stations such as KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, WFUV, WEQX, WWCD and many more.
"the sort of tracks that seem simple on the surface but reveal new flashes of brilliance with each pass, often in the form of an artfully slashing guitar riff or a passionately bellowed vocal from lead singer Hannah Joy.” - Stereogum
"a fusion of sharp, swirling indie-pop flirts and stadium rock anthem aims. And at the centre of this inthralling identity wrestle there’s Hannah Joy, steering the ship with shape-shifting vocals that sway from brooding self-analysis to euphoric elation” - Rolling Stone Australia
"Hannah's voice is a little Stevie Nicksie and the jangly guitars sound like they're lifted from an interstitial scene in Singles, but you know sometimes you hear a song and you just like it.” - Noisey
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