Dear Australia, you have one more band to make you proud: the Middle Kids. These three talented musicians from Sydney have started to gain recognition since the very first day of their musical existence. You know things are on the right track when Elton John himself not only knows who you are but also happens to recommend your work. That is exactly what happened to Middle Kids and as I am pretty sure we can trust Elton John’s musical taste, their upcoming EP, due to be released on February 17th, should be nothing but magnificent.
We’ve gathered here today to analyze their newest single: “Never Start”. Clearly, there is a story behind this song. “All of this time there’s been no change ’cause you’ve got no heart and I’ve got no brain”. This line speaks louder than a few music albums about the misunderstanding between artists and the rest of the world combined. Especially, considering the fact that Middle Kids are still at the beginning of their promising career, they must have lived through their share of disappointments and encountered people who tried to mold them into a predictable shape. As if true artists would ever allow that. For what are those discouragements if not a highly anticipated dose of inspiration for musicians like Middle Kids.
We have a clear explanation of that in the second verse of “Never Start”. “You can be the self-appointed sitting in your chair and I’ll be a tornado twisting through the air”. There is an age-old clash between rationalists and romantics. Both of these paths cross when it comes to music as every manager needs an artist and every artist needs a manager. It’s not hard to guess whose head is in the clouds and whose feet are on the ground. Nevertheless, despite many disruptions in the communication channel, musicians and their managers need each other to help the music reach as many listeners as possible. “I’m not trying to start a fight here but it’s building up inside and you don’t even know”. Artists want to be heard and the world not always understands their language. Middle Kids must have used such a conflict to fuel their creativity that gave birth to “Never Start”. The leitmotiv of the song is also supported by a black and white video in which the trio waves flashlights straight at the camera. It is freaking annoying, yet it does a great job to draw our attention to the essence of the lyrics.
If you wish to get to know Middle Kids better, here’s a handful of valuable pieces of information for you. Chronologically speaking, February 14th will not only be the Valentine’s day but also a breakthrough moment for the band because of their performance on the Conan O’Brien’s show. Next, their debut self-titled EP will be released on February 17th and the band will go on tour in the US starting in Seattle on February 21st and ending in Brooklyn on April 1st. It is advisable to take a flashlight with you to the show, Middle Kids might use your support while performing “Never Start”.
MIDDLE KIDS US TOUR DATES
February 21 || Seattle, WA || Barboza
February 22 || Portland, OR || The Fremont Theater
February 25 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo
February 28 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake Lounge
March 1 || Kansas City, MO || The Tank Room
March 3 || Nashville, TN || The Basement
March 4 || Charleston, SC || The Music Farm *
March 5 || Charlotte, NC || The Fillmore *
March 6 || Saxapahaw, NC || Haw River Ballroom *
March 7 || Atlanta, GA || The Tabernacle *
March 10 || Baton Rouge, LA || Varisty Theatre *
March 11 || Fayetteville, AR || George’s Majestic Lounge *
March 12 || Omaha, NE || Sokol Auditorium *
March 14 || Madison, WI || Majestic Theatre *
March 15 – March 16 || Austin, TX || SXSW
March 18 || Chicago, IL || Riviera Theater *
March 19 || Indianapolis, IN || Egyptian *
March 21 || Detroit, IL || St. Andrews Hall *
March 22 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall *
March 23 || Pittsburgh, PA || Stage AE *
March 24 || Covington, KY || Madison Theater *
March 29 || Philadelphia, PA || Boot & Saddle
March 30 || Washington, DC || DC9
April 1 || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right
* with Cold War Kids