black midi - anyone been tracking these?

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No releases, but they've just signed to Rough Trade and are playing round the UK at the minute. You could reference pere ubu and beefheart and all that typical lineage for weird guitar music, but they've hacked it, or something, with this blend if you're asking me.

ninthyoung, Saturday, 2 February 2019 16:40 (three months ago) Permalink

I liked it. I hear a little Q and not U I hope they get the right producer to keep the live sound but also maybe finesse the vocals in there a little.

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 2 February 2019 17:26 (three months ago) Permalink

So this isn't for actual black midi stuff :-/

brimstead, Sunday, 3 February 2019 00:41 (three months ago) Permalink

actual black midi stuff is quite fascinating and i feel like there's room for someone to do something very very cool with the idea (pushing midis to absurd limits) instead of just recreating meme songs etc. but idk that anyone actually has yet. i'm sure the textural possibilities of millions of midi notes could get even wilder if they started using more instruments than just the piano and perhaps combined it with real instrumentation too?

there is this composition by Nicole Lizée which incorporates the style into a classical piece and i really like the results, i would love to hear something that has a similar set of textures in a more pop context

as far as the band black midi goes that live set is a lot more interesting to me than previous stuff i've heard from them, will look forward to whatever they're up to this year

ufo, Sunday, 3 February 2019 12:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Now I hear some DNA or maybe Life Without Buildings.

I feel like this sort of musical template (no disrespect) really depends on the vocal performance.

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 4 February 2019 12:47 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Got this in an email touting local shows here in Philly:

A quick but noteworthy show addition — London’s BLACK MIDI are the hottest new band on planet earth, and although their music sits definitively in the indie/experimental/electronic world, they asked us if they could play with a death metal band in Philly, and we managed to secure our city’s reigning kinds. HORRENDOUS are now playing! Holy shit? Is this now the wildest, most insane bill of the year? We think yes.
This intrigued me. I already know about Horrendous but didn't know shit about Black Midi. A Google search made compounded my confusion.

I checked out some stuff... Reminds me if Primus and Death Grips collaborated on a Judgement Night redux ("Now, even more judgy!") based on the couple of songs I listened to. Pretty cool they wanted to play with a death metal band and they got a good one to do so.

I'll be at the show so I'll come back to provide a Hesher's view, probably!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:50 (two months ago) Permalink

def hear a Deerhoof influence which is great in my book

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

also a new indie rock band with a great drummer godz be praised

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:18 (two months ago) Permalink

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