FRIDAY, JUNE 1 at 5:00 PM // MAIN STAGE
Australian trio Middle Kids released their debut, self-titled EP via Domino in 2017, just days after making their live television debut playing rapidly-rising single “Edge Of Town” on Conan. 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 shines especially bright live, where an added gear takes them from 0 to 60 in quiet-to-loud dynamics with hair-raising emotional impact. 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.
Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Hannah Joy, with Tim Fitz (producer and multi-instrumentalist), and Harry Day (drums) rounding out the team, Middle Kids combines 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, making them a rare species in today’s music landscape. 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.