black midi Drop Video For “Eat Men Eat”

black midi have released a new video for “Eat Men Eat," the track is off the UK trio's album Hellfire, available July 15, via Rough Trade
black midi have released a new video for “Eat Men Eat"

black midi have shared a new single/video, “Eat Men Eat,” the track is lifted from their forthcoming album, Hellfire, which drops on July 15th via Rough Trade. The lyrics, written by Cameron Picton (bass, vocals), tell the story of a couple’s quest to overcome a militaristic Mine Captain cursed with an acid tongue as well as their own uncomfortable internal grumblings. The recording also features more than 50 fan submitted recordings layered into the end of the piece as well as palmas and various other percussive elements provided by Demi García Sabat. It’s accompanying video was directed by Maxim Kelly.

“The Red River Mining Company” first referenced in Cavalcade’s “Diamond Stuff” reappears in “Eat Men Eat.” Picton elaborates: “The story starts in the desert with two men engaged in a desperate search for missing friends. Their quest leads them to a strange mining facility which, despite a dearth of natural resources in the area, opens its doors for even stranger hosts to welcome them. “That evening, with zero sign of their friends, a massive feast is laid on by the mine’s cantankerous Captain, who performs a long speech encouraging all to indulge as this is to be the workers’ last night before returning to their families. With good reason for suspicion the protagonists feign gluttony and consume as little as humanly possible. Unfortunately, as they later find, even that’s not quite enough. Night falls, they hide and as the workers fall comatose the wardens, overseen by the Captain, make preparations to pump their poisoned stomachs. It turns out the purpose of the mine is to procure an excess of human stomach acid used in the production of a bastardized blood red wine, sold and loved in the region.

“After the wider conspiracy is revealed and upon realizing their friends must be long gone, the partners decide they must destroy the facility. A spanner plugs the works however, as one of the men experiences mild effects of the poison and the production of acid in his stomach goes into overdrive. As his chest literally bubbles he says what may be his final goodbyes to his partner and the other man is left to do the heavy lifting alone. “He succeeds and as they flee, arm in arm, the demon Captain erupts from the burning embers and curses the two men to the hell of crippling acid reflux for the rest of their days. They see no reason to worry though, as they’re sure to return home hailed as heroes.”

Written in isolation in London after the release of last year’s Cavalcade, Hellfire builds on the melodic and harmonic elements of its predecessor, while expanding the brutality and intensity of their debut, Schlagenheim. As Geordie Greep describes it: “if Cavalcade was a drama, ‘Hellfire’ is like an epic action that delves into overlapping themes of pain, loss and anguish. Whereas the stories of Cavalcade were told in third person, Hellfire is presented in first person and tells the tales of morally suspect characters. There are direct dramatic monologues, flamboyantly appealing to our degraded sense of right and wrong. You’re never quite sure whether to laugh at or be horrified. It is their most thematically cohesive and intentional album yet.

black midi 2022 Tour Dates

Sun. Jun. 19 – Vilnius, LT @ 8 Festival
Sat. Jun. 25 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Thu. Jun. 30 – Budapest, HU @ Kolorado Festival
Fri. Jul. 1 – Bucharest, RO @ Club Control
Sun. Jul. 3 – Plovdiv, BG @ Wrong Fest
Sat. Jul. 9 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda
Wed. Jul. 13 – London, UK @ Summer Series at Somerset House
Fri. Jul. 15 – Riga, LV @ Positivus Festival
Sun. Jul. 17 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Thu. Jul. 21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Sat. Jul. 23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Sun. Jul. 24 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
Fri. Jul. 29 – Puglia, IT @ Sud Est Indipendente
Sun. Jul. 31 – Sesto al Reghena, IT @ Sexto’Nplugged
Mon. Aug. 1 – Sestri Levante, IT @ Mojotic Festival
Fri. Aug. 12 – Rees Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop
Mon. Aug. 15 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
Wed. Aug. 17 – Essen, DE @ Ruhrtriennale
Sun. Aug. 21 – Winterthur, CH @ Winterthurer Musikfestwochen
Fri. Aug. 26 – La Tour de Peilz, CH @ Nox Orae
Thu. Sep. 1 – Sun. Sep. 4 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Sat. Sep. 3 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Psych Fest
Tue. Sep. 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Wed. Sep. 7 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Fri. Sep. 9 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sat. Sep. 10 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Mon. Sep. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Wed. Sep. 14 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Fri. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Tue. Sep. 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress Plaza
Thu. Sep. 22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Fri. Sep. 23 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
Sat. Sep. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre
Tue. Sep. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
Wed. Sep. 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Thu. Sep. 29 – Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall
Mon. Oct. 3 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Tue. Oct. 4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Fri. Oct. 7 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
Sat. Oct. 8 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Sun. Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Wed. Oct. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Fri. Oct. 14 – Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
Sat. Oct. 15 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Fri. Oct. 28 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
Sat. Oct. 29 – Newcastle, UK @ NX
Tue. Nov. 1 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Wed. Nov. 2 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Thu. Nov. 3 – Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare
Mon. Nov. 7 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Wed. Nov. 9 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
Thu. Nov. 10 – Rotterdam, NL @ Maasssilo
Mon. Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK @ Old Fruitmarket
Wed. Nov. 16 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Sat. Nov. 19 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Music Festival
Sun. Dec. 4 – Tokyo, JP @ O-East
Mon. Dec. 5 – Osaka, JP @ Club Quattro
Tue. Dec 6 – Nagoya, JP @ The Bottom Line

Pre-order Hellfire by black midi HERE