black midi – the UK outfit comprised of Geordie Greep (guitar, vocals), Cameron Picton
(bass, vocals), and Morgan Simpson (drums) – present “Sugar/Tzu,” single from Hellfire, their new album out on July 15th, on Rough Trade. Following last month’s “Eat Men Eat” and the “exhilarating” (New York Times) lead single “Welcome To Hell,” “Sugar/Tzu” continues along Hellfire’s trail of first-person tales from morally suspect characters. As Greep describes it: “if ‘Cavalcade’ was a drama, ‘Hellfire’ is like an epic action film.” 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.
Released alongside a music video directed by Noel Paul, “Sugar/Tzu” centers on a futuristic boxing
match wherein one of the contenders is assassinated by a young boy. It features the core of black midi plus horns by Kaidi Akinnibi (sax), Joe Bristow (trombone) and Ife Ogunjobi (trumpet), and the voice of boxing announcer Hus Ragip.
Watch it here: