Middle Kids have today released the video and title track for their sophomore album Today Were The Greatest, the album is the Sydney pop-rock trios most personal and courageous effort to date and is already getting rave reviews. They will also perform the song next Tuesday on The Late Late Show With James Corden. . . Lead-singer and songwriter Hannah Joys performance on the song is heartachingly beautiful as she showcases the juxtaposition that makes her writing so compelling. The grandiose and romantic notion of the songs title is offset by the repeated refrain life is gory and boring sometimes which closes the song, and in-fact the entire album. Revelling equally in the good, the bad, the beautiful and ugly. . . As Hannah explains. This is a simple song about people being tiny and our lives being fleeting but also that we are epic and great. Its finding the beauty and majesty of the everyday. LIFE IS GORY AND BORING SOMETIMES. its both hectic and mundane and we have to accept both. . On Today Were The Greatest, Hannah Joy has pulled directly from her own experiences – and broken down boundaries shed previously set for herself. Historically Ive written a lot of conceptual lyrics, she says. Stepping into this album, I wanted to allow myself to go and write and not feel like I had any barriers to do so. Im interested in finding the best music I can, but if Im not willing to put skin in the game, then Im not actually free. . . Recorded in Los Angeles in October 2019 with producer Lars Stalfors St. Vincent, Soccer Mommy, Cold War Kids, Middle Kids Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz and Harry Day relished in exploring the space between smoldering intensity and an explosive vivacity that never burns out of control; from the brassy climax of Questions to the starkly confessional quality of Some People Stay in Our Hearts Forever and the insistent gallop of R U 4 Me?. They heard potential in unlikely places, as Fitz used a pair of scissors as a percussion instrument on Summer Hill and repurposed a recording of birds chirping in a rain shower that he captured at their old home in Sydney for Golden Star. . Album opener Bad Neighbours, a plaintive slow-burner, represents this shift in their sound, and one in their working dynamic as well. Joy has always been Middle Kids primary wordsmith, but Fitz wrote most of the lyrics for the melancholy tune, which was informed by a traumatic event from Joys childhood. It was like he was giving me permission to go there, and he also [gave] actual speech to feeling, which I think was very profound for me, she recalls. . . In Hannahs songs theres a real vulnerability and at times a volatility that came through in [Lost Friends], says Day. But I feel like it came through even more in this album. . . Given the massive changes Joy went through as she was working on Today Were The Greatest, its easy to see — and hear — why. Beyond her babys heartbeat cameo on Run With You, Joys journey to motherhood and her marriage with Fitz has imbued her love songs with a vibrancy thats unabashedly romantic yet free of clichés. Stacking Chairs, with its unique allegories and Joys sunny vocals, strikes this delicate balance beautifully. its a testament to her deep connection with Fitz and the new, infinitesimal love that transformed their lives with their sons arrival. . A few years ago, I wouldve been like, I cant write a love song! I think its because love was still too tinny, too shallow for me to actually understand where I was at personally, she says. Stacking Chairs is a great example of that. Im understanding love more, and Im still a tiny, stupid idiot. But Im going, Thats something worth fighting for, and something worth celebrating, too!. . . Today Were The Greatest is the open, uninhibited product of fearless collaboration. these breakthroughs wouldnt have occurred had Joy not pushed herself to plumb new, personal depths in her lyrics, or if Fitz and Day hadnt completed them with their instrumental flourishes. From the first note to the closing title track, Middle Kids are building on the strong foundation of Lost Friends while exploring the possibilities and beautiful contradictions in every note. . . It can be easier to live dualistically says Joy, splitting the world in two. We want to be able say its this or its that, but sometimes its both — and can we hold both? Can we hold the brokenness? Can we hold the beauty? That has definitely been a defining bit of this album, the fragility in that dance.
ts a tale as old as time, or at least tattooing. You get a piece of ink that seems like a great idea at the time, but as the years go by, it starts to feel more like a mistake. Not even celebrities are immune. Hailey Bieber says that, of all her many designs, theres one tattoo she considers a mistake. . In a recent interview with Elle, Bieber talks about her 20-something tattoos, and calls out one particular piece she got in her late teens. Located on her left hand, on the inside of her middle finger, is an etching of a small handgun. I think at 18, I was like, Yeah, that looks cool! Bieber says of the tattoos backstory. But now, as a 24-year-old, I would never do that. I think guns are violent. . When she first got the tattoo in 2015, it didnt seem like there was much significance behind it other than that Bieber liked the design. Tbh I don’t know why I have this tattoo. . . just another story to tell lol. It is what it is, she wrote on Instagram at the time. . The tattoo was inked by artist JonBoy, who Bieber has continued to visit for a number of her tattoos over the years. JonBoy told Refinery29 in 2018 that, out of all of his A-list clients, hes closest to Bieber. If it werent for her, I wouldn’t have been tattooing Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Justin [Bieber], or anyone else, he said. All these celebrities have come to me because Hailey said, Yeah, hes chill — go for it. . In spite of her regrettable tattoo, the model has been an outspoken advocate against gun violence for years. While co-hosting the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards, she wore a black T-shirt with the words Stoneman Douglas High to create awareness for the horrific school shooting; shes also supported KROST, the first fashion partner for March for Our Lives. . With over 20 individual tattoos, theres bound to be one or two that Bieber is no longer crazy about. Whats most important is that she acknowledges the firearm ink isnt cool — and instead chooses to advocate against gun violence by using her platform however she can