By: Staff –
Middle Kids have announced their second album, Today We’re The Greatest, a collection of 12 songs that are at times deeply personal and courageous, while simultaneously raucous and rattling.
Moving away from lyrics of a more conceptual nature, Today We’re The Greatest is the uninhibited product of fearless collaboration. Showing a new vulnerability, lead singer and songwriter Hannah Joy pulled directly from her own experiences and broke down barriers she had previously set for herself. About the new record, she said: “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, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.”
The band (comprised of lead singer and 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). Today We’re The Greatest will be released March 19, 2021 via Domino. You can pre-order it HERE.
To celebrate the announcement, Middle Kids have today shared their new single “Questions”. Following on from last year’s “R U 4 Me?”, “Questions” is a charged 3-minute odyssey which sees Joy struggle poetically with concepts of honesty and intimacy over an explosive rhythm section and a stunningly orchestrated brass-filled climax.
As Joy explains, “Questions” is about the fallacies of intimate relationships; “I used to drink a lot and most of my previous relationships revolved around this. I don’t think I ever really knew them or they me as a result. “Questions” is about people being around each other but not being close. People who are in intimate relationships can stop asking questions of each other because they are uncomfortable and confusing.”
“Questions” is accompanied by a magical and chaotic one-shot video directed by the band’s cinematic collaborator W.A.M Bleakley. Watch the video below.
1. Bad Neighbours
2. Cellophane (Brain)
3. R U 4 Me?
5. Lost in Los Angeles
6. Golden Star
7. Summer Hill
8. Some People Stay In Our Hearts Forever
9. Run With You
10. I Don’t Care
11. Stacking Chairs
12. Today We’re The Greatest