Middle Kids are a band that know their market well. They’ve had a steady incline with sold out tours nationally and internationally, massive festival line-up inclusions and heavy Triple J rotation which has made them one of the most talked about homegrown acts. After the success of their highly acclaimed debut album ‘Lost Friends’ they’re keeping the momentum rolling with a brand new EP and a whole lot of shows coming your way. Kicking off their biggest Australian tour to date with the first of two sold out shows at The Triffid, Middle Kids walked on stage to an excited and warmed up Brisbane crowd. With the stage draped in white flowers and accompanied by a massive silver backdrop with fairy lights, this intimate setting was transformed into a dreamy and aesthetically pleasing space. ‘Never Start’, ‘On My Knees’ and ‘Salt Eyes’ kicked off their set with high energy and big singalongs which confirmed that the packed crowd supportively knew all the lyrics from their festival inclined discography. “What’s up friends?” lead singer Hannah Joy queried the crowd before lead guitarist Tim Fitz added “Thanks for all buying tickets and selling it out, not just once but twice!”. With ‘Maryland’ and the self proclaimed “happy” song ‘’Don’t Be Hiding’ following, they premiered a brand new track called ‘Beliefs & Prayers’ which also received their first ever live performance treatment. Compared to all their previous material this song plays up to their strengths but doesn’t really reach the same heights that you expect.
Returning to familiar territory, ‘Hole’, ‘Tell Me Something and the breakthrough hit ‘Edge Of Town’ turned the heat up a little as the crowd sang along to all the feelings and was even treated to a intimate performance of Hannah on the keys. Throwing white roses into the crowd during ‘Fire In Your Eyes’ they showed just how strong and captivating they can be. Drummer, Harry Day removed himself from the drum kit and picked up a harmonica meets keyboard to play the original demo version of ‘Old River’ which is very different to the gritty and angsty delivery that we on their debut EP. Paying ode to their new single ‘Real Thing’ which the whole tour is in celebration of, they finally said goodbye to the crowd with ‘Your Love’ and ‘Bought It’.
After being off stage for a matter of seconds they quickly returned for ‘Lost Friends’ and ‘Mistakes’ which had the crowd stoked to say the least. Their growth as a band has been really steady and throughout their gruelling touring schedule they have been able to polish together a show full of honesty and good guitar riffs. Some songs are stronger than others but as a collective this 70 minute show embodied who they are as a band and saw them stepping up their game with a cool stage design and lighting production. With night one of their Australian tour done and dusted, they’ve set the bar high for themselves to maintain such a connecting and vibey show.
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Photos By Tam Schilling