Best Concerts Of 2019 (Pt 8) – Here Are Manic Post Punk Preachers BLACK MIDI…

Turn Up The Volume looks back at his favourite concerts of 2019…

black midi – Beurschouwburg, Brussels – 10 October 2019

Here’s the original review

If you went to this gig without ever hearing this electrical juvenile London quartet called black midi I guess your unsuspecting ears would have been impressed as never before. These adventurous youngsters sound like an experimental post-punk turbine producing ferocious Black Sabbath drones resonating actually like bombastic prog-rock firework with ever-changing, manic Frank Zappa-esque twists and turns. Yep, demonic and hypnotic 21st Century disturbance with the crushing impact of a deranged steamroller.

Their repetitive build up/break down noise pattern goes sometimes faster than your aural reception and messed-up mind can actually handle. And at times the four members – two guitarists, a bassist and an octopus drummer – seem to play each a different song as if this was a free jazz-rock gathering while main vocalist Geordie Greep‘s haunting Scott Walker like vocals tried to give the uninterrupted cacophonous havoc a voice now and then. Arresting!

Crowd pleasers 953, Near DT, MI, speedway and bmbmbm, all standout highlights of their astonishing debut LP Schlagenheim worked perfectly to keep the audience buzzing. But some new pieces were thrown in and caused both puzzlement and bewilderment among the spectators as rhythms and dynamics went relentlessly forth and back and vice versa without really going somehwere leaving a what the bloody fuck is going on here feel.

Seventy-minutes of non-stop (no communication with the audience whatsoever, even
no ‘hello‘ nor ‘goodbye‘) freakish electricity was a bit too long, but be assured the hype
is for real. These innovative and imaginative noise misfits learned a lot of mind-boggling experimentalism from the past and they turned their impressions into something truly special for today and for the future. Don’t forget, they have only started!

This footage will give you a firm taste of their perplexing power…

black midi: Facebook

Here’s their manic debut LP ‘SCHLAGENHEIM‘ in full…

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(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

British Manic Post Punk Preachers BLACK MIDI Invaded BRUSSELS With Crushing Build Up/Break Down Noise Explosiveness…

black midi – Beurschouwburg, Brussels – 10 October 2019

If you went to this gig without ever hearing this electrical juvenile London quartet called black midi I guess your unsuspecting ears would have been impressed as never before. These adventurous youngsters sound like an experimental post-punk turbine producing ferocious Black Sabbath drones resonating actually like bombastic prog-rock firework with ever-changing, manic Frank Zappa-esque twists and turns. Yep, demonic and hypnotic 21st Century disturbance with the crushing impact of a deranged steamroller.

Their repetitive build up/break down noise pattern goes sometimes faster than your aural reception and messed-up mind can actually handle. And at times the four members – two guitarists, a bassist and an octopus drummer – seem to play each a different song as if this was a free jazz-rock gathering while main vocalist Geordie Greep‘s haunting Scott Walker like vocals tried to give the uninterrupted cacophonous havoc a voice now and then. Arresting!

Crowd pleasers 953, Near DT, MI, speedway and bmbmbm, all standout highlights of their astonishing debut LP Schlagenheim worked perfectly to keep the audience buzzing. But some new pieces were thrown in and caused both puzzlement and bewilderment among the spectators as rhythms and dynamics went relentlessly forth and back and vice versa without really going somehwere leaving a what the bloody fuck is going on here feel.

Seventy-minutes of non-stop (no communication with the audience whatsoever, even
no ‘hello‘ nor ‘goodbye‘) freakish electricity was a bit too long, but be assured the hype
is for real. These innovative and imaginative noise misfits learned a lot of mind-boggling experimentalism from the past and they turned their impressions into something truly special for today and for the future. Don’t forget, they have only started!

This footage will give you a firm taste of their perplexing power…

black midi: Facebook

Here’s their maniacal debut LP ‘SCHLAGENHEIM‘ in full…

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(concert photos by Turn Up The Volume!)

London’s Talk Of The Town BLACK MIDI Shares New Mind-Boggling Jam… ‘TALKING HEADS’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

30 April 2019

Up and coming London sensation BLACK MIDI already showed loud and clear why they are the talk of alternative town with blistering live shows and their build up/break down track Crow’s Perch. And today the quartet dropped another fresh jam. TALKING HEADS clinks, clanks and clatters terrifically. Expect some deranged bass, a mind-boggling forth and back cadence and crispy vocals. Funky waywardness from start to finish. Check it out right here…

black midi: Facebook

London’s Experimental BLACK MIDI Drops New Perplexing Track ‘CROW’S PERCH’…

Brand new sonic impulses

26 March 2019

Only 5 days ago Turn Up The Volume! named London’s young foursome BLACK MIDI the first real sensation of 2019 (read here why) and they’re already back again with new track CROW’S PERCH. Another experimental build up/break down sound exploit that grabs your sonic attention from the nervously funky start to the crazed and clamorous finish. They create a kind of neurotic tension that is both perplexing and absorbing. ‘Crows Perch‘ is a sort of jazzy post-punk outpouring with singer Geordie Greep‘s menacing vocals giving you the creeps. Challenging and confounding. Here’s the accompanying razzle-dazzle clip…

BLACK MIDI: Facebook

London’s 4-Piece BLACK MIDI First Real Sensation Of 2019…

Up and coming…

21 March 2019

BLACK MIDI are four youngsters, not even 21 yet, from London causing sensational waves with their frantic live performances since they hit the live scene of England’s capital only one year ago. They soon became the talk of the town wherever they landed, in and out of the UK. So far they have only recorded two rip-roaring tracks – ‘bmbmbm‘ (pronounced by the band as ‘Boom Boom Boom‘) and ‘Speedway‘ and signed to Rough Trade two months ago. Hype or not? Definitely not. After watching their 5-track – with 4 of them marked as ‘untitled’ – live set (below) played in Iceland last November (recorded for Seattle’s famous KEXP Radio) you’ll understand all the buzz these remarkable, adventurous noisemakers generated so far. Turn it up, folks! Here’s the first real sensation of 2019…

Black Midi played the by now famous alt festival SXSW in Austin, Texas
last week. Music website Stereogum interviewed the band. Read it here.

Here are the two mind-boggling tracks this foursome put online so far…

– bmbmbm –

– SPEEDWAY –

BLACK MIDI: Facebook

(credit photo on top: Iceland Airwaves / KEXP Seattle)