Brudenell Social Club, Leeds // Thursday 22 November, 2018
It’s a good night when you’re not expecting to go out to a gig, but you come home psyched to have seen a great band, their music still buzzing round your head as you hastily add them to your Spotify must-plays…
And so on a damp Thursday night I head off to the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds to catch Australian indie trio MIDDLE KIDS as they hit these shores to promote debut album Lost Friends, fresh from supporting Bloc Party on their recent European tour.
The band – led by classically-trained Hannah Joy – are on stage for just over an hour and we’re whisked through huge anthemic party vibes as both Joy and bassist Tim thrash their guitars around and moments of pin-drop tenderness when she takes to the keyboard stage right for the delicate slow-build of Doing It Right.
From opener Bought It to album and set closer So Long Farewell I’m Gone, Middle Kids explore the grey areas between country-fused alt-folk and brashy, trashy rock with glee. We can’t help but compare them to Wolf Alice – crunching, punky riffs and solid pounding percussion meet soaring, note-perfect nuanced vocals. All the feels.
It only takes a couple of songs for an unyielding connection to form with the crowd – obviously the 6 Music-championed Edge Of Town (which makes a surprise appearance early on in their set) helped, and band are clearly having as much fun on stage tonight as the crowd in front of them.
Having played the majority of Lost Friends and tunes from their EP (“We’ve got a couple more songs for you,” says Joy as they come back out for an encore, “because, well, that’s all the songs we’ve got.”), there are few surprising omissions from the set, and the whoops of delight when they dropped a country ballad cover of Blink 182’s All The Small Things.
The modest but no-less-enthusiastic crowd at the Brudenell have certainly got their tenner’s worth tonight.