What? Precociously executed math/noise-rock
From where? Croydon
What’s the story? With just one studio-recorded song under their belts, the elusive Croydon quartet have caused quite a stir via their intense live shows and a uniquely progressive take on guitar music.
The four-piece formed after graduating from Brit School in 2017 and, in contrast to the more mainstream acts that institution has produced, the band cultivated an angular and experimental sound indebted to post-punk.
Black Midi soon became regulars at Brixton’s the Windmill, but largely shunned social media and conducted hardly any interviews.
Nevertheless, the mystery surrounding the group fed into the buzz, and in 2018 they performed a live session for NTS at Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney.
Later that year they put out their debut single bmbmbm via producer Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label and played a winning secret set at End of the Road festival in Dorset.
2019 will see Black Midi embark on a UK tour beginning at the Hare & Hounds, Birmingham on 23 January and, who knows, maybe a much-anticipated debut album will follow…
Sounds like? Think Slint’s accomplished-beyond-their-years poise mixed with Girl Band’s feral pitch.
Predicted to? Continue to stun with the intensity of their live shows before blowing us all away with a classic debut album.
Must hear? Debut single, bmbmbm
Photo Credit: Dan Kendall