Middle Kids caught our attention late last year with a couple of memorably melodic rock singles. The Australian band has since released its debut self-titled EP, performed on NPR's World Cafe and embarked on a U.S. tour that included a stop at Denver's Lost Lake Lounge.

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Middle Kids stopped into our CPR Performance Studio before that show to play four songs from their debut record. The band members also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about their diverse musical backgrounds, the Australian music scene and plans for a full-length album.

Stream the session above. Interview highlights:

Singer and guitarist Hannah Joy on writing rock after playing classical music for many years:

"We want to do too much to the songs maybe, because of things we're used to doing. But this has been a great process of trying to simplify things and write solid three-and-a-half minute songs."

Joy on writing music while on tour:

"It's nice because we've been working on an album. So we're doing demos, which means we've got more songs for our live shows. Which is fun. We don't have to play each song three times." 

Songs performed: 

  • "Edge Of Town"
  • "Your Love"
  • "Fire In Your Eyes"
  • "Never Start"