Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.111
Following the release of MIDDLE KIDS latest album in mid-March titled ‘Today We Are The Greatest’ we had the pleasure of catching up with lead singer/songwriter Hannah Joy for a Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview. In celebration of the album news, Middle Kids have released a new single & video Questions alongside the announcement of an east coast Australian tour throughout May. In Australia, the band will perform unforgettable nights at three of the country’s most stunning seated concert spaces: Brisbane’s QPAC, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney’s City Recital Hall.
‘Today We’re The Greatest’ is the Sydney-based rock trio’s follow up to their 2018 triple j J Award-winning, debut album Lost Friends, a record which earned support slots with the likes of Bloc Party, War on Drugs and Cold War Kids as well as performances on several US late night shows including Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late, Late Show with James Corden.
The band (comprised of lead singer & songwriter Hannah Joy, multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz and drummer Harry Day) recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Lars Stalfors (St.Vincent, Soccer Mommy, Purity Ring). Moving away from lyrics of a more conceptual nature, Today We’re The Greatest is the open, uninhibited product of fearless collaboration.
Showing a real vulnerability, Joy pulls directly from her own experiences, all the while breaking down barriers she had previously set for herself. About the new record, she says, “I want to make music that loves its listener. Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts. I want people to hear our music, & feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.”
Sticks & Stones: What do you guys fight over the most?
Middle Kids: Which action of the tour can to sit in – we have sleepy row, the heat zone (passenger seat) & book club – ALL the pros & cons. Or, which Radiohead album is the best.
Sticks & Stones: Who is the best dressed?
Obviously me but Harry probably is most consistently good whilst Tim has some real stand out moments.
Sticks & Stones: What was the last show you played before lockdown?
Spilt Milk Festival in Canberra. I was 8 months pregnant & we knew it was gonna be our last show for a while so we bloody sent it.
Sticks & Stones: How did the isolation impact your music?
It gave space to go after other sounds & the space made space for more reflection & revelation.
Unrelated to music, who has some weird skills?
Harry builds beautiful picture frames out of repurposed wood.
Tim makes lamps out of clay & colourful resin.
I make & eat a lot of cake, like a lot.
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve been through together?
We flew to Iceland for a music festival & I lost my voice completely, Harry lost his suitcase so only had pyjamas & our manager lost his tooth so we were absolutely useless.
Who is the loudest?
I am probably the loudest, mostly in that my speaking voice is just quite loud so yeah, annoying.
What are your favourite sayings?
Put on your ear defenders
Send it Dennis
Life in the fast lane will surely make you lose your mind
What’s next for you guys?
Making album 3 and hopefully crossing the equator at some point this year.
Give us some shitty advice.
Eat a splice, avoid pain & lie in a hammock.