From the first few bars of opening track Bad Neighbours, it’s obvious Middle Kids have done it again. Today We’re The Greatest is a brilliant follow up to 2018’s Lost Friends, showcasing the band’s ability to combine beautiful melodies and catchy choruses with brutally honest lyricism.
The album consists of 12 song, including singles R U 4 Me?, Questions, Cellophane, Stacking Chairs and the recently released title track Today We’re The Greatest. For a lot of bands, 5 single-worthy songs on one album would be enough of an achievement, but on We’re the Greatest every track could easily warrant its own release. The album goes from strength to strength, mixing ballads with festival-ready anthems like R U 4 Me and I Don’t Care. The latter in particular is guaranteed to get audiences up and moving, singing along triumphantly to the defiant chorus “I don’t fucking care, I gotta do what I want to! I don’t fucking care, I gotta do what I want to!”.
Other unreleased gems include the heartfelt Golden Star and Run With You, which written when lead singer and songwriter Hannah Joy was pregnant with her and bandmate/husband Tim Fitz’ first child, and features audio of the baby’s heartbeat. Bad Neighbours deserves a mention too, for the devastatingly effective chorus “Just when I’m breaking free, I can’t quite hold it all together”.
While you can’t fault Fitz and drummer Harry Day, what really sets Middle Kids apart is the song writing talent of lead singer Hannah Joy, who continues to imbue lyrics with a real sense of authenticity and vulnerability. On this album she demonstrates an incredible ability to write simple but impactful stories that are at once universal and deeply personal.
Speaking about the new record, Joy 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.”
If Middle Kids’ goal was to produce an album that would hit listeners in the gut, they’ve succeeded.
Following 2018’s debut, Middle Kids scored supporting gigs with the likes of Bloc Party, War on Drugs and Cold War Kids as well as performing on TV shows including Conan, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late, Late Show with James Corden. In any other year we’d probably be seeing the band dominating stages around the world, but for now Australians get to hold onto them a little longer. The band will be touring nationally in May and if this album is any indication, it’ll be a tour well worth attending.