While we don’t have any real complaints over Boston Calling Music Festival’s 2018 lineup, we were ever-so-slightly bummed to not see Middle Kids on the bill. The Australian trio, who broke out in 2017 with the unfuckwithable single “Edge of Town,” are set to play Governors Ball in June, so we figured Hannah Joy and the dudes were going to pull the ol’ cross-country festival circuit.
The Boston festival date never materialized, but they have not forgotten about us. As Middle Kids prep their debut full-length album, titled Lost Friends and out May 4 on Domino, they’ll embark on a Stateside tour that hits both fests and more intimate clubs.
Boston gets the latter, as Middle Kids play Allston’s Brighton Music Hall on June 5.
As for Lost Friends, Joy says the record is about hope.
“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love,” she says in a press release. “That’s so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, it’s worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from what’s going on.”
We all need that, whether at a fest or in a rock club. Listen to the first offering from the new LP, “Mistake,” below, and find out when Middle Kids come to your own edge of town.
Featured Middle Kids image by Maclay Heriot.
Middle Kids U.S. Dates 2018:
June 01 | Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
June 03 | New York, NY @ Governors Ball
June 05 | Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
June 08 | Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room
June 09 | Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
June 11 | Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
June 12 | St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
June 13 | Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
June 15 | Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
June 16 | Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 18 | Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House Music Hall
June 19 | Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
June 21 | Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
June 22 | Austin, TX @ Antone’s Nightclub
June 23 | Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 26 | Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
June 27 | San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 29 | Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 30 | Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern