On Monday night, the revered London experimental rock trio black midi returned to Birmingham for a sold-out show at Saturn, marking a massive summer for the group following the release of this year’s Hellfire. There’s not much that can be said about black midi that hasn’t already been said; their effortless blending of genre is already mesmerizing on record, but watching it live is an outright intense experience that feels like an all-out assault of the senses. The band hardly brings the recognizable tracks of their discography to life — rather, their 80-minute set was a journey with callbacks and references to everything they’ve ever done with hardly any breaks, winking nods to the city of Birmingham (Alabama AND England), and mosh pits upon mosh pits that would open and close based on the band’s whims. It’s an immensely entertaining show, and their Birmingham set felt like they were reaching the peak of their powers: Saturn will be much too small for them soon.
Support came from Black Country, New Road, the orchestral-pop group that released the riveting Ants From Up There earlier… [read more…]