Black Midi: “We played for two hours; the first hour and 20 minutes was all improvised"

[from left] Geordie Greep, Morgan Simpson, Cameron Picton and Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (Image credit: Pitch Perfect PR/Rough Trade)

“A new music played by live instruments,” is singer/guitarist Geordie Greep’s succinct description of Black Midi’s ethos. It’s a hugely understated representation of the sound of a band who are unlike anybody else on today’s music scene. 

The buzz (and hype) around Black Midi is immense, packed with the kind of attention and plaudits most bands would kill for. But none of this fazes the unassuming Greep. “I’m pleasantly surprised by the attention, but I never let myself get bogged down by it. If you’re starting a band, it’s silly to start worrying about things like that. You should be focused on the music.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.