Middle Kids are set to play Toowoomba next month.
Middle Kids are set to play Toowoomba next month. Contributed

Middle Kids get ready to rock Carnival of Flowers stage

IN BETWEEN her busy touring schedule Middle Kids vocalist Hannah Joy likes to spend time tending to her garden.

"I just moved to a new house and have started getting into the gardening world," Joy told The Chronicle.

"I've tried to tend to a garden before, but every time we go on tour it's like one step forward and one step back."

Her love of "frolicking in the gardens" has made Joy and her bandmates, Tim Fitz and Harry Day, extremely keen to play the first night of the Heritage Bank Food and Wine Festival, part of Carnival of Flowers in September.

"We've never been to Toowoomba before, so we're so stocked to get there," Joy said.

"It'll be cool to be amongst (the Carnival of Flowers)."

The band often tour regionally, as well as at some of Australia's largest live music venues.

"It's so cool to get to meet people that we'd otherwise never get to meet," Joy said.

"It's cool to see how music is such a special thing. That you can go to a place so far away from your home, and there is this sense of togetherness through music.

"It doesn't matter if you have different cultural tendencies, there is a power to music that brings people together no matter where you go, which is pretty cool and really special."

It's been a meteoric few years for the Sydney-based band, who last year released their award-winning album Lost Friends and earlier this year performed on James Corden's Late Late Show in the United States.

The band's songs have often place highly in Triple J's Hottest 100 and they have received ARIA Award nominations.

"It's definitely been a lifestyle shift," Joy said.

"We were all making music before we started the band, but to be on the road seven to eight months a year, it's so special to be able to see the world.

"You can't prepare for that, it's intense, but the music is something you've got to keep holding on to. You've got to look out for each other and never compromise on the music. That's a really positive energy that can push you forward."

In May the band released their second EP called New Songs for Old Problems, which included six new songs, including hit Real Thing.

"We were on the road most of last year and didn't have time to make something massive," Joy said.

"We had these bunch of songs that we loved and wanted to throw them out.

"It was less planned. We just felt like those six songs were a cool development from the album."

And Middle Kids fans might not have to wait too much longer for even more new music.

"We're in the process our writing our second album," Joy said.

As for the Toowoomba headline set at the Carnival of Flowers Food and Wine Festival, Joy said the band would perform songs from the new EP as well as their back catalogue.

"It's nice that days to have a few more bodies of work to draw from rather than the album, each set is a big smorgasbord of songs," she said.

"We hope Toowoomba has a good night… and we can create fun musical evening."

Middle Kids play the Heritage Bank Food and Wine Festival at 8.30pm on September 20. They will be supported by Pink Matter and Sloan Peterson. Tickets start from $45.