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Black Midi announce third album ‘Hellfire’ with single ‘Welcome To Hell’

The 'Cavalcade' follow-up lands in July via Rough Trade

By Will Richards

Black Midi posing as bodybuilders for a press photo
Black Midi. (Photo: Atiba Jefferson)

Black Midi have announced details of a third album called ‘Hellfire’ – watch the video for its first single, ‘Welcome To Hell’, below.

The new record follows Black Midi‘s 2021 record ‘Cavalcade’, and will land on July 15 via Rough Trade.

“If ‘Cavalcade’ was a drama, ‘Hellfire’ is like an epic action film,” vocalist Geordie Greep explained in a press release, with the new single telling the tale of “a shell shocked soldier’s excess and military discharge.”

“Almost everyone depicted [in the album] is a kind of scumbag,” Greep added. “Almost everything I write is from a true thing, something I experienced and exaggerated and wrote down. I don’t believe in Hell, but all that old world folly is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything else with a depiction of Hell. ‘Dante’s Inferno’. When Homer goes to Hell in ‘The Simpsons’. There’s a robot Hell in ‘Futurama’. Isaac Bashevis ‘Singer’, a Jewish writer who portrays a Satan interfering in people’s lives. There’s loads!”

Bassist Cameron Picton added: “There’s a lot of love and things like that on ‘Hellfire’. There’s a tender flipside to every song. The dark comes out strongly, there’s Hell and Satan and murder and unsavoury things, but every song has both light and dark.”

Watch Black Midi’s Gustaf Holtenäs-directed video for ‘Welcome To Hell’ below.

Back in March, Black Midi shared a new covers EP called ‘Cavalcovers’, featuring versions of tracks by Taylor Swift, King Crimson and Captain Beefheart.

The new cover versions, voted for by fans, were originally released only via flexi-disc for those who pre-ordered the full ‘Cavalcade’ album.

The band are currently on a European headline tour before embarking on a summer of festivals. See the dates below.

MAY 2022
10 – Grenoble, La Bobine
11 – Milan, Santeria
12 – Zurich, Mascotte
14 – Vienna, Flex
15 – Prague, Meetfactory
16 – Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
18 – Lille, Aeronef
31 – Istanbul, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival

JUNE 2022
2 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
9 – Porto, NOS Primavera Sound
11 – Mannheim, Maifeld Derby
12 – Hilvarenbeek, Best Kept Secret
17-19 – Vilnius, 8 Festival

22-26 – Glastonbury Festival
29 – Budapest, Kolorado Festival
30 – Bucharest, Club Control

JULY 2022
1 – Plovdiv, Wrong Fest
7-9 – Trencin, Pohoda Festival
13 – London, Somerset House
13-17 – Dour, Dour Festival

1-4 – Dorset, End Of The Road Festival