Middle Kids Channel That Alienating Sense Of Loneliness In “R U 4 ME?”

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Middle Kids return with new single “R U 4 ME?” where they capture that weird feeling of being lonely and marginalized, even in a place that promotes ‘unity.’ Built on striking, cheery chords, the soundscape has captures the trio’s dynamics in the studio as you can listen to distorted sounds of their laughter and yelling. The video, directed by W.A.M. Bleakley, explores that feeling of rare isolation we feel even in a group:

On the influence behind the track, lead singer/songwriter Hannah Joy offered her insight: “I was at university once and there were all these signs on the walls saying ‘BE NICE IT’S NOT THAT HARD.’ The tone of the message itself actually wasn’t very nice or kind…. We are always looking around at other people thinking ‘are you on my team?’. I think this just results in us all feeling lonely.”

The track is the follow up of their critically acclaimed EP New Songs For Old Problems, which was released back in 2019. The trio is set to host a global live streaming event on October 22nd.