SINGLE REVIEW: Bugs – In The Middle (Of It)

Bugs are a band who’s trajectory is very much on the rise. With the big success of their previous singles ‘Seriously’, ‘Instant Coffee’, and their triple j Like A Version cover of Mallrat’s ‘Charlie’, they’re breaking through the airwaves and connecting with a rapidly growing fanbase. With their third studio album ‘Cooties’ slated for a March 25 release, the Brisbane based trio have unleashed their catchiest ear-worm hook yet. 

‘In The Middle (Of It)’ hears them defining their signature alt-rock sound with a strong pop-woven hook that is immediately infectious. There is a natural bouncy element to the chorus that feels like the perfect mid afternoon summer festival moment where everyone jumps and screams together while the sun radiates down on them. But what is really interesting about this song is that not only is the chorus really catchy, but the verses are too. The melody is really slick, and has these unique little quirks that intertwine with the guitar riff well and create these little signature moments.  

Lyrically reflecting on always feeling like the second option for someone, they detail the way someone continuously leads them on while actively being in relationship with someone else. There’s a sense of frustration that adds an angsty tone to the delivery, while a layered hope for change is also there. “You like your time with me. Your conversation grows so effortlessly, like dates without your kissing. I hope it changes soon, the way you make me feel when you walk in the room. We’re mates but something’s missing” lead vocalist Connor Brooker sings.

‘In The Middle (Of It)’ is an anthem in its own right. It’s a song that will immediately get stuck in your head with its infectious hook that you’ll be ready to scream out loudly on their upcoming national tour. 

Cooties Australian Tour 2022

Friday 22 April – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Saturday 23 April – Crowbar, Sydney

Sunday 24 April – La La La’s, Wollongong

Thursday 28 April – Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast

Friday 29 April – Solbar, Maroochydore

Saturday 30 April – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Wednesday 4 May – Leichhardt Hotel, Rockhampton

Thursday 5 May – Metropolitan Hotel, Mackay

Friday 6 May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville

Saturday 7 May – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns

Thursday 12 May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston

Friday 13 May – Altar Bar, Hobart

Friday 20 May – Barwon Club, Geelong

Saturday 21 May – The Croxton, Melbourne

Friday 27 May – Fat Controller, Adelaide

Saturday 28 May – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

Sunday 29 May – Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough