“We intended our first show to be our last, so the whole band has been a surprise,” says Black Midi singer-guitarist Geordie Greep. Recent single Talking Heads, for instance, was named so simply due to sounding a bit like a Talking Heads song. Greep: It keeps it interesting, pretty funny really. The COVID-19 crisis has cut off our advertising revenue stream, which is how we’ve always funded how we promoted new independent artists. He feels like a feral dog ticking and scratching. Yet you guys gained a lot of foreign popularity from the KEXP release of your performance. Albums include Schlagenheim, Live on KEXP, and Talking Heads. As the band walked on stage Morgan Simpson sat down in front of his kit and proceeded to lay a beat down. To try and categorize Black Midi is not an easy task, and would seemingly go against the philosophy of their style. All Rights Reserved. It’s evident from both their onstage chemistry and dynamic elsewhere that this is a band built upon a solid friendship. Although the group have very little in common with their genre namesakes, the frenetic nature of the band is something that it’s hard not to notice. Tune in on Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:30AM when DJ Momo airs her recent conversation with singer/guitarist, Geordie Greep, of London based quartet, Black Midi. Wednesday, December 18th - 8:30am. “I’d rather do something poorly that’s at least unique, rather than something widespread in an adequate way.”. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Geordie Greep at the Discogs Marketplace. An Ironic omen of what’s to come? It’s difficult to imagine them becoming the indie music press faces that Shame have become over the past six months, and it’s difficult to see them finding an audience as large as Goat Girl or Fat White Family across the rest of the country. Geordie Greep met Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin at the school in 2013 when they both enrolled in year ten at the age of 14. The record shop celebrates its favorite albums of the year with limited edition vinyl “We just want to use the available resources to make something good. It follows previous editions of Shamestation with The Chats and Black Midi frontman Geordie Greep. I think it’s most immediate, and the one that people seem to latch onto,” adds Greep. Genres: Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Math Rock. A lot of [Olivier] Messiaen. Live, they are an absolute unit, a singular power that is unlike any other currently playing in a pub near you. Black Midi refused to just start one of their songs like they did on the album. Any plans on an acoustic session or album? These are the words that open up Black Midi’s debut album “Schlagenheim”. That’s our mission.” This focus is what defines the band far more than any catch-all genre term could. Interview w/ Geordie Greep of Black Midi: “Black Midi kind of represent a slice of the future in music, and on one hand it seems like radio is kind of dying as a medium of discovering new music. A mess of feedback and distortion would morph into a snippet of a riff that belongs to one of their tracks, which would eventually lead to the intro of the song. Greep: You’ve got to have Luther Vandross on the vocals, you’ve got to have Chet Atkins on guitar, Bach improvising on the pipe organ, on the bass you’ve got to get Flea, hmm I don’t know about the drummer…Mitch Mitchel?…nah nah…well yeah, fine Mitch Mitchell will do. But Black Midi are deadly serious about their art and Greep constantly refers to the idea of ‘progression’. While it is hard to categorize your music you sometimes incorporate specific styles that are so distinguishable, it seems like tongue in cheek juxtaposed with your regular music. December 19 @ 04:17pm2020 Tops with DJ Sleeve, Sports Their proceeding set was a mixture of their recorded songs, jams performed with precision, and overall theatrics. How does Black Midi find music? It’s all part of their musical chemistry, and their live shows feel like the product of a highly intuitive hive mind where individuality is not important. Greep: We’ve seen it with the internet, everything’s just so spread out and compartmentalized. Interview w/ Geordie Greep of Black Midi: Black Midi kind of represent a slice of the future in music, and on one hand it seems like radio is fading in some more digitally focused crowds as a medium of discovering new music. In a good-humoured way, they’re a little evasive, keeping their cards close to their chest. Greep’s unhinged vocals and Simpson’s freeform drumming are more enjoyable the less inhibited they are. That’s our mission.”, Words by Cal Cashin Photos by Dan Kendall. “We’re not wild guys,” Greep mutters, “we really don’t go out partying.” Quite. The idea of some kind of method to this madness seems ridiculous, but pay close enough attention and you soon realize that every moment in the show has its deeply calculated place. Their songs often implode before you can really understand what on earth is happening. Shame have launched a new YouTube series called Shamestation – watch them interview Spice Girls‘ Mel B for the latest segment below. If you enjoy our articles, photography and podcasts, please consider becoming a subscribing member. Geordie Walker playing the Guitar. They formed “properly” last summer once they’d graduated, feeling prepared to start playing live immediately. “Dan Carey wanted to put that one out. “Hopefully it’ll sell a million copies,” Greep says, his deadpan tone inscrutable as ever. Meeting Black Midi for a drink in Effra Hall, a gorgeous pub just off Brixton Road, it’s difficult to imagine that this group of unassuming teenagers are the talk of the town. Or you played a Van Halen style solo in one of your jams. “And I was like, ‘Matt, have you ever heard of this thing called Black MIDI?’” The band’s name refers to a Japanese Internet genre that consists of literally millions of notes inputted into an interface. Morgan Simpson’s improvised drum fills are “the key” to the band’s regimented stomp, whilst Greep and Kelvin’s guitars constantly sound like a hexen battle cry. Inside, the foursome – a group of baby-faced, scrupulously polite 20-year-olds – helpfully rearrange their practice room into an interview-friendly configuration while talking up their new base. Advertisement. Shame have launched a new YouTube series called Shamestation – watch them interview Spice Girls‘ Mel B for the latest segment below.. Black Midi played a setlist just under 45 minutes and in that time continued their trend of redefining contemporary music and entertainment. "Make something good. From Greeps avant-garde jazz-rock solo to Cameron Picton completely detuning the highest string on his bass and pulling it out before tossing it on the ground, nothing is accidental. “In two years, Black Midi’s music will be unrecognisable compared to what it is today,” he declares. He won the both times,” he says, pointing to guitarist Matt Kelvin. Yet you guys gained a lot of foreign popularity from the KEXP release of your performance. The pair took advantage of the rehearsal room situation to do long, open-ended ambient jams with the former on guitar and the later on NORD C2D organ. Category ... Interview with Eddie Van Halen: Is Rock 'n' Roll All About Reinvention? Make something good. You can even hear it in debut single ‘bmbmbmbm’, released via producer Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label. Greep is visibly disinterested by talk of hedonism, but his face lights up when he finds out that I share his passion for composer Meredith Monk. The best revelations from Shamestation: Shame’s calamity lockdown interview series. Is there any irony and/or admiration in your decision to name your band after the genre? Geordie Greep: Well, we wouldn’t have first met up, but in terms of how we play our instruments, I think we’re all self-taught really anyway. The group of long-haired metal-heads in the front row fitted head to toe in black denim already knew what they were there for and their eyes widened as they stood entranced on Simpson’s work. Greep: Recently? As I wrap up the interview, we discuss what comes next for the band, once this album is released. Or just tongue in cheek? Their riffs are so concise and angular that it would be hard to believe that it’s all improvised. “We used to have MIDI lessons, learning to make beats and that,” Greep says. Instagram. The pub’s chief booker, Tim Perry, is among Black Midi’s biggest fans [it was Perry who first told Loud And Quiet about them when we were delivering copies of the magazine to the venue], and the group are quick to state that the venue is a force for good. Black Midi’s music is an enigma, but for the most part the group are very much shy and unassuming. - Duration: 55:22. Any record that’s been recorded you can find, you know? Lead vocalist Geordie Greep is humble and deflects all imminent praise with a wry smile. "You have to listen to the album to understand what it means." Someone could like one specific type of music that’s only existed for sixth months. I wish you were there. Lead vocalist Geordie Greep is humble and deflects all imminent praise with a wry smile. By. But what Black Midi have done already is showcase an obnoxious, upsetting amount of potential, and accumulate a following of people that might have been drawn in by the enigma but who are sticking around for experimental guitar music that could go just about anywhere next. “You’ve got to keep it relative. Sometimes it’s just bloody good fun. They regularly play at venues like The Windmill in Brixton, but are infamously elusive online; their digital presence is limited to one studio recording, an esoteric Facebook account and a few rough live videos on the South London archivist Lou Smith’s YouTube channel. Join Facebook to connect with Geordie Greep and others you may know. If you have not yet listened to their latest album, “Schlagenheim” it is available on all streaming platforms as well as their latest single, “Sweater”. To believe that they are in time with one another is simply a leap of faith. DAVEY JOHNSTONE -Rock guitarist, vocalist, musical director (Elton John) -ARTIST SERIES - Duration: 29:25. Black Midi Mercury Prize performance. If you could make a supergroup who would be in it? Black Midi Interview . Greep looks back into my eyes and says: “Boom, Boom, Boom. June 9 @ 08:50pmNews Department Week of June 4-8, Written by Sam Mondros – photos by Jeff Jacobus (IG: @lostversesphotography). It’s not ironic in the sense that it’s me playing this riff saying ‘blues sucks look at me playing blues’, it’s just me saying ‘it’s just fun, let’s have a good time–not take it so seriously you know? After interviewing The Chats and black midi frontman Geordie Greep, Shame have shared the third episode of their Shamestation series, which sees the band chat to Scary Spice, aka Mel B. It’s just funny ‘cause it doesn’t really fit with the song. “When we first started the thing, I sent emails to every venue in London,” Greep says. Just when you begin to understand the rhythm and feel your foot begin to tap to it, Black Midi destroys it through synthesized dissonance and starts a new groove twice as complicated. Greep: Thank you very much. Greep and lead guitarist Matt Kelvin first dabbled in the idea of a band mid-way through their music course, when they were joined by drummer Morgan Simpson and bassist Cameron Picton. Geordie Greep is on Facebook. Head to www.kexp.org to watch their legendary live set in Reykjavik. So it has potential but yeah, the songs they usually do with Black MIDI is always just like a joke–a waste of time, just stupid. When talk of the current South London scene comes up so too does the Brixton venue The Windmill – more so than some of the of the bands. Black Midi kind of represent a slice of the future in music, and on one hand it seems like radio is fading in some more digitally focused crowds as a medium of discovering new music. “The Windmill was the only one that replied… Once we played there once, we just kept playing there again and again. December 25 @ 02:21pmQuackSmack: Friday 12/25/20, News They might be the talk of the town, but their introverted minds are elsewhere. Black Midi are a four-piece from London, England who have gained popularity on the underground scene in the UK since 2017. In the future, I think people are going to be more specific about what they like. He stands up and gestures about a near crash before excitedly telling me about his love of bowling. Post-punk, krautrock, math-rock–who knows? “It was so much fun. It’s inside your head. Yet you guys gained a lot of foreign … The KWVA public file is available at KWVA Eugene, 88.1FM Public File. It’s often hard to distinguish whether the band has started jamming or whether they are showcasing a new song. Interview w/ Geordie Greep of Black Midi: Black Midi kind of represent a slice of the future in music, and on one hand it seems like radio is fading in some more digitally focused crowds as a medium of discovering new music. “We haven’t spent more than five minutes watching a Youtube video on it, but that’s where our name comes from.”. His vocals are the best thing about the song; goblin screeches and tetchy repeated motifs place the band’s sound somewhere uncanny. They gained most of their foreign popularity in the last 10 months after Seattle based radio station, KEXP, released a 26-minute video of them playing a hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. Geordie Greep: It’s at really loud volumes, so it doesn’t even sound like you’re playing in a room after a while. © LOUD AND QUIET 2020. Tim’s really great at what he does.”, For the most part of our conversation, Greep quietly answers the questions in a way that is calculated and subdued as he sups his tall glass of water, but when I ask about the group’s afternoon spent at Team Sport Mitcham (South London’s finest go-karting centre where Black Midi regularly meet to unwind), his face lights up. Tune in on Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:30AM when DJ Momo airs her recent conversation with singer/guitarist, Geordie Greep, of London based quartet, Black Midi.. Roaring with riffs, locked in rhythm section and a truly unique vocal make black midi stand head and shoulders above all in 2019. “You do shows every term and stuff,” Greep says, “so once you get out you’ve got a really good idea of how sound works. All the band members are between the ages of 20-21 and have thus far released one album back in June prefaced by five singles. geordie (the guitarist of the band zedray) shows you some of his guitars. The band — Morgan Simpson (drums), Matt Kelvin (guitar/vocals), Cameron Picton (bass/vocals), and Geordie Greep (guitar/vocals) — met in high school, where they studied music. I think the concept of Black MIDI itself is really cool, it’s just a shame that it’s kind of only a joke. Music “I just try and sing in an interesting way,” he says. It meant we left school, could play at the Windmill and knew how to soundcheck straight away.”, Another product of this education is the very name of the project. Explore releases from Geordie Greep at Discogs. It’s the same story when you see the band live: audience interaction is kept to a minimum while the group seem much more at ease communicating simply with each other. Are these developments meant to be an ironic play on the styles you’re replicating? “It’s funny, because no one really says it like that,” Kelvin interjects. “We thought it was a good name for a band,” he continues. It’s just fast and furious, man.”. For instance, in your live performances, you often will play a blues riff in the middle of one of your more explosive and obscure songs where blues seemingly has no place. To hear more music like Black Midi, tune into KWVA 88.1 on Tuesdays 2-4 pm PST. That perfectly imperfect sound can be heard on their debut record, Schlagenheim, which also stands as a perfect … Guitarist Geordie Greep and drummer Morgan Simpson share vocal duties for the covers. but no, no it’s not meant to be ironic. Yet you guys gained a lot of foreign popularity from the KEXP release of your performance.” It works out to just £1 per week, to receive our next 6 issues, our 15-year anniversary zine, access to our digital editions, the L&Q brass pin, exclusive playlists, the L&Q bookmark and loads of other extras. It sounds like you’re in music. “It is what it is,” he laughs. At others it’s exhilarating. They’ve worked their brand well and thanks to that bands like us can get through. “I’m glad people like us, but we don’t want to get bogged down in that.”. What have you been listening to recently? This is the group’s first proper interview and they stick to sentence-long answers almost without fail. The Lost Interview The 25 Best Bob Dylan Songs of the 21st Century Charlotte Gunn - 7 … All rights reserved. Make something good. It’s hard to work out whether they’ll be at ease with the attention coming their way or not. It’s really great for bands. The focus is on each member’s contribution to perfectly executing the group’s bastard musical hybrid of clanging math-rock, visceral noise and frantic post-punk in the best way possible. Posted on 12/17/2019. In a recent interview with the Quietus, singer Geordie Greep claims song names such as Bmbmbm and Talking Heads simply have no semiotic meaning. In this recent interview with Sterogum, it seems like the attention courting black midi comes as a surprise to them – according to Cameron Picton and Geordie Greep: “ Being able to identify the incremental steps that led to this point, the members of Black Midi are more prone to characterize their growth as “a slow burn.” Following an early residency at The Windmill in Brixton, London, they began touring through Europe, and … Copyright © University of Oregon. In truth, you could say something similar about his co-members, Geordie Greep (vocals/guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals/guitar) and Cameron Picton (vocals/bass) because Black Midi come across as a band that have spent long hours rehearsing, to the point where they’re far more technically adept than so many of their contemporaries. bm xmas covers by black midi "We recorded a couple of covers of our favourite Christmas tunes at our rehearsal room and then added some bells and whistles at home," the band's Cameron Picton says. If you’ve spent any amount of time eavesdropping in the smoking areas and live rooms of the capital this year, though, the name Black Midi will have cropped up more than any other, as they’ve garnered themselves the title of London’s most compelling new band. A leap that many might not mind taking after hearing their drummer, Morgan Simpson. Diverse in musical influences and tastes, bonding over a passion for Talking Heads, Deerhoof and Danny Brown, all of them have been avid musicians since their pre-teens (Simpson allegedly having drummed “since he was two or three”). The UK music press is still talking about “the South London scene”, but for many the periscopes seem to be permanently facing the likes of Shame, Goat Girl and HMLTD. They have been praised by music icons like David Byrne of Talking Heads and Damo Suzuki of Can. “It was so good, man, you go on the go karts and it’s so amazing. After talking to the band for just a matter of minutes you can quickly piece together that their lack of online presence isn’t a shrewd PR stunt or an attempt to create mystique; rather, that Black Midi are a shy bunch that have skilfully veiled their awkwardness. I looked up and saw two security workers of the Doug Fir completely lose their focus and stare at Simpson’s effortlessly fast polyrhythms and syncopations. Interview with Noah Katz on the Definition of Antisemitism; Live: ... before giving way to a sole acoustic guitar, accompanied by Geordie Greep’s warbling vocals, reminiscent of Talking Heads’ David Byrne ... such as KEXP performance. Geordie Greep of Black Midi performs on stage during End Of The Road Festival 2019 at Larmer Tree Gardens on August 31, 2019 in Salisbury, England. The video is part of Love Record Stores Day, which took place on Saturday (20 June). At times it has a real sense of humour. Greep: Well yeah just all that internet stuff but I still buy CDs ‘cause it keeps things interesting. “Tell me about your debut single, be-em-be-em-be-em,” I ask the group. Approaching a state of notoriety only through word of mouth, bands as elusive as Black Midi are rarely as interesting in the music they make. Especially when they put so many notes on it that the computer starts to break down and destroy itself. Piercing, demonic and often operating as another jarring layer rather than a narrative Centre point, Greep is a volatile force at the helm of Black Midi; where everything else feels calculated. Make something good. But the idea of having so many notes that the sound becomes unrecognizable and you can take a sound like a piano and make it sound like roaring engines and sirens, I think that’s really cool. Make something good. That’s how the song goes.”. Five minutes in length, it starts with a chugging guitar riff akin to a clean-cut version of ‘Something’ by The Butthole Surfers, before Greep’s maniacal howls turn the song into something else entirely. As of March 1, 2018, the FCC requires all radio stations to post links to their online public file held at the online FCC website. Greep: Nah I just thought it was a cool name really. “This whole place has only just started up,” says de facto frontman Geordie Greep. Behind him, a razor sharp rhythm section keeps everything moving along with a steady immediacy. Shame comprise launched a brand new YouTube series known as Shamestation – glance them interview Spice Girls‘ Mel B for essentially the most modern segment What do you see as the future of spreading and finding new music? That’s really cool. I talked with Geordie Greep (center), frontman for London’s most exciting new art rock quartet, Black Midi, at The Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon. Which is unprecedented in history. Well, [KEXP] have adapted to the digital age, videos on youtube and all that. The Sessions Panel Recommended for you The new series comes in support of the ongoing Love Record Stores campaign. Spotify? The new series comes in support of the ongoing Love Record Stores campaign.. Read more: Here’s a map of all the UK record stores doing home delivery during lockdown During the chat, the band discuss rider requests and best live shows ever with the Spice Girl. Wide Awake festival announce a major, progressive sustainability effort, London has a new festival for weirder sounds – and black midi, Crack Cloud and The Comet Is Coming are playing it in 2020. Otherwise, the band consists of Geordie Greep on rhythm and vocals, Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin on lead and vocals, and Cameron Picton on Bass, synthesizer, and vocals. Sounds of human screams often erupted in the middle of the performance with no apparent origin since all the musicians were busy with their instruments. Greep made it up as a setting for some of the characters he sings about on the album. There, its members, Geordie Greep, Morgan Simpson, Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin, and Cameron Picton, were encouraged to experiment and improvise. By revelations, we mean things you definitely didn't need to know. “It is what it is,” he laughs. The name “Black Midi” is more or less an ode to the genre [Back MIDI] which is a clustered form of composition in which audio files (MIDI files) are used to create a song remix containing hundreds of millions of notes. Everyone can find their own specific type of music. Black Midi, much like the genre, is intense and eclectic. black midi discography and songs: Music profile for black midi, formed 2017. Black Midi met at Brit School, a performing arts institution in Croydon that seems at odds with their music, on account of its celebrated mainstream alumni, which you probably know includes Jessie J, Adele, Amy Winehouse and bands like The Kooks. Meeting Black Midi for a drink in Effra Hall, a gorgeous pub just off Brixton Road, it’s difficult to imagine that this group of unassuming teenagers are the talk of the town. About the song ; goblin screeches and tetchy repeated motifs place the band has started jamming or whether ’... 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