MIDDLE KIDS | 21.11.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

MIDDLE KIDS | 21.11.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Middle Kids – 11th November 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Middle Kids - 11th November 2018 - Newcastle Think Tank
Middle Kids – 11th November 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

It’s going to be difficult to review this one without gushing! Not only did they release one of the best albums of the year with Lost Friends, they then go and put out a brilliant new single Salt Eyes recorded at none other than Ryan Adams Pax-Am Studio, after they supported him on tour. So on a cold November evening, Middle Kids from Sydney, Australia have come to play their first Newcastle show and I am glad to say their performance is on par with the high rating of the album!

Airing Salt Eyes as the second song in the set, I noticed many of the crowd singing along word for word. Hannah Joy’s voice is just awesome. She hits every emotion known, whether she’s behind the guitar or piano or just fronting the band with the mic tracks like Edge Of Town, Tell Me Something and Mistake are even bigger and better in a live performance. The atmosphere in the Tank tonight is fantastic, there’s a great rapport between band and crowd. I think it surprised them how many knew every word and they joked that they should take everyone on tour with them as a choir.

It’s difficult to describe where the music lies without pigeonholing it. They’re just great lo-fi indie pop songs and I’d say if you’re a fan of anything influenced by The Pixies, 10,000 Maniacs, Belly mixed with a bit of alt-country and some fantastic slide guitar then these could/should be your new favourite band.

Finishing the set with title track Lost Friends And Never Start, Middle Kids have definitely added more to their Newcastle fan base and I’d say they became another in a long list of Think Tank shows that everyone will claim to have been at when Hannah asks the sold out shows “So who saw us the first time we played here?”

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