The Middle Kids recently embarked on their North American winter tour, kicking off in Seattle while migrating down the pacific to Los Angeles. Their fourth stop of the trek featured a sold out performance at the Echo as the trio from Sydney, Australia packed a venue full of dedicated and loyal fans from wall to wall. Crowds arrived promptly for the early show as the group headlined the evening sharply at 8 o’clock. Lead singer Hannah Joy strapped her left-handed guitar firmly as they began performing material from their highly praised self-titled debut EP.
Fans embraced the set list early on as ‘Your Love’ began the near hour performance. The autobiographical lyrical approach established a solid connection with everyone present as the crowd responded warmly by singing along to the hit single chorus. Continuing with the upbeat tempo, ‘Baby Let It Flow’ showcased a variety of hooks, solidifying the dance friendly rhythms projected onto the fans. ‘Bought It’ was welcomed with opened arms as the band performed tracks that haven’t been released to the general public yet. The dark and ambiguous lighting complimented the slower musical direction, as Joy focused primarily on singing while placing her guitar behind.
Between songs, Joy provided side stories to the songs performed. Before singing a powerful solo ballad, she shared the inspiration to her lyrics. Joy experienced multiple recurring dreams of waking up and going to sleep in a repetitive cycle until she died, fearing a mundane lifestyle. Originally written on a piano, Joy reached for an acoustic guitar and began to pull emotional strings from the crowd, exposing the depths of her mind on stage. Soon after, the band returned to perform the fan favorite ‘Old River.’ Joy provided a brief introduction to the song, finding further inspiration from the journey of life and encouraging the audience to find themselves and their passions.
Fans began to shout for an encore as the Middle Kids walked off stage. After a brief pause, the group returned to the spotlight, closing the evening with the single that has launched them into radio circulation, ‘Edge Of Town.’ The Middle Kids’ North American Tour concludes in Brooklyn on April 1st with appearances at SXSW in Austin, Texas. They return to Australia in mid-April with a hometown performance in Sydney to conclude the spring tour.
Baby Let It Go
Fire In Your Eyes
Edge Of Town