Middle Kids release their new single “Stacking Chairs”, the fourth song off their forthcoming release Today We’re The Greatest, available March 19, via Domino Records.
“Stacking Chairs” is a love song, but like all songs written by lead singer and songwriter Hannah Joy, it celebrates both beauty and darkness. “Stacking Chairs” juxtaposes tales from (bandmate and husband) Tim Fitz’s childhood in Papua New Guinea with their life together in marriage.
Says Hannah Joy: “I never thought I was going to get married – I didn’t think I would be able to love someone forever. I was scared that I would feel trapped and suffocated, or alternatively, leave or be left with a pile of ash and rubble.
Going on the journey of marriage with Tim has been profound. It is very liberating having someone see you in your entirety and stay. Tim embodies that kind of ‘stacking chairs’ love – he’s not just about the party. He’s around afterward when I’m tired and ugly and loves me in those moments.”
The song’s deeply personal subject matter was heightened during the recording process as Joy was heavily pregnant at the time of recording. Of the recording sessions Tim Fitz says: “Hannah was nailing vocal and guitar takes with a huge belly. Then she would sleep on the couch while we worked on other stuff. We recorded 12 songs in 14 days and left the studio on the last day to fly back to Australia for a tour. It was an intense time… There are these triumphant trills that come in at the beginning of each chorus which is about 20 things all playing the same chord and rhythm.”
“Stacking Chairs” follows the release of singles “R U 4 ME?”, “Questions” and “Cellophane (Brain)”. It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Soccer Mommy, Purity Ring).
TODAY WE’RE THE GREATEST
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