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 //Kids// was officially released on September 21, 2018.((https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids)) Despite receiving more mixed reviews compared to previous The Midnight releases,((https://ironskullet.com/2018/09/24/album-review-the-midnight-kids/))((https://vehlinggo.com/2018/09/21/midnight-kids-review/))((https://killyourstereo.com/reviews/1104183/the-midnight-kids/))((https://www.indiefrontiers.com/home/not-a-sentimental-age-kids-2019-by-the-midnight-album-review))((https://newretrowave.com/2018/09/23/the-midnight-kids/)) //Kids// was a successful release for the band commercially, debuting at number one on the [[WP>Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]] Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart with week one sales of 2000 copies.((https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8478337/billboard-dance-chart-upstarts-the-midnight-karel-xojani-whethan)) It also charted at number twelve on the [[WP>Dance/Electronic Albums]] chart, number two on the [[WP>Top Heatseekers|Heatseekers Albums]] chart, and number thirteen on the [[WP>Independent Albums]] chart.((https://www.billboard.com/music/the-midnight/chart-history/ELP)) //Kids// was officially released on September 21, 2018.((https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids)) Despite receiving more mixed reviews compared to previous The Midnight releases,((https://ironskullet.com/2018/09/24/album-review-the-midnight-kids/))((https://vehlinggo.com/2018/09/21/midnight-kids-review/))((https://killyourstereo.com/reviews/1104183/the-midnight-kids/))((https://www.indiefrontiers.com/home/not-a-sentimental-age-kids-2019-by-the-midnight-album-review))((https://newretrowave.com/2018/09/23/the-midnight-kids/)) //Kids// was a successful release for the band commercially, debuting at number one on the [[WP>Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]] Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart with week one sales of 2000 copies.((https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8478337/billboard-dance-chart-upstarts-the-midnight-karel-xojani-whethan)) It also charted at number twelve on the [[WP>Dance/Electronic Albums]] chart, number two on the [[WP>Top Heatseekers|Heatseekers Albums]] chart, and number thirteen on the [[WP>Independent Albums]] chart.((https://www.billboard.com/music/the-midnight/chart-history/ELP))
  
-The title //Kids// was suggested early in development by McEwan, with Lyle also approving of the name. At the time, he and his wife Anna were expecting their first child.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/)) The first song created for //Kids// was [[songs:lost_boy]], an old track of The Midnight's that had been written back in 2015 with Finnish DJ Lenno Linjama.((https://soundcloud.com/beyond-synth/170-themidnight|At 2:07:00|)) The song was originally titled //In The Dark// and had a more house feel compared to the final version.  Although the band liked the track, they felt it wouldn't have fit well on //Nocturnal// and held the song out for a future release instead. Deciding to use the song for //Kids//, McEwan took the original demo and rebuilt the song, doubling the tempo and running the melody and beats in [[WP>Half-time (music)|half-time]]. In the words of McEwan, //Lost Boy// would be a table-setter for the rest of //Kids//, which the band considers to be their first "theme" album.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/))+The title //Kids// was suggested early in development by McEwan, with Lyle also approving of the name. At the time, he and his wife Anna were expecting their first child.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/)) The first song created for //Kids// was [[songs:lost_boy]], an old track of The Midnight's that had been written back in 2015 with Finnish DJ Lenno Linjama.((https://soundcloud.com/beyond-synth/170-themidnight|At 2:07:00|)) The song was originally titled //In The Dark// and had a more house feel compared to the final version.  Although the band liked the track, they felt it wouldn't have fit well on //Nocturnal// and held the song out for a future release instead. Deciding to use the song for //Kids//, McEwan took the original demo and rebuilt the song, doubling the tempo and running the melody and beats in [[WP>Half-time (music)|half-time]]. In the words of McEwan, //Lost Boy// would be a table-setter for the rest of //Kids//, which the band considers to be their first "theme" album.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/)) The album was originally planned to be longer with more tracks, but it was decided to shorten the release to reduce Lyle's workload while he was caring for his newborn son.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/)) The band eventually decided to make //Kids// a trilogy, with the following album [[releases:monsters]] being the sequel to //Kids// and the trilogy closing with a yet to be named album.
  
-Lyle's writing on //Kids// was inspired by the recent birth of his son and several books of philosophy he had been reading at the time. He was in the mindset of trying to find a person's place in the world and a person's sense of belonging. Songs like [[songs:wave]] and [[songs:america_2]] were written at home in casual settings like his bedroom, while the first lyrics for the song [[songs:explorers]] were written right after his son was born. The album was originally planned to be longer with more tracks, but it was decided to shorten the release to reduce Lyle's workload while he was caring for his son.((https://www.iconvsicon.com/2020/07/09/the-midnight-tim-mcewan-and-tyler-lyle-on-bringing-monsters-to-life/)) The band eventually decided to make //Kids// a trilogy, with the following album [[releases:monsters]] being the sequel to //Kids// and the trilogy closing with a yet to be named album. +The artwork for //Kids// was designed by Aaron Campbell, who also designed all the artwork for the album's singles as well.((https://aaroncampbell.ca/the-midnight-kids)) The date on the album art for //Kids//October 18, 1985, is a reference to the North American launch of the [[WP>Nintendo Entertainment System]].
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-The artwork for //Kids// was designed by Aaron Campbell, who also designed all the artwork for the album's singles as well.((https://aaroncampbell.ca/the-midnight-kids)) The date on the album art for //Kids// October 18, 1985, is a reference to the North American launch of the [[WP>Nintendo Entertainment System]].+
  
 The instrumental version of the //Kids// was released on October 30, 2018.((https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids-the-instrumentals)) The instrumental version of the //Kids// was released on October 30, 2018.((https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids-the-instrumentals))
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