Black Midi are exciting for many reasons, but mostly because of their live performances. The clamorous, wandering instrumentals, the theatrical vocals, the invigoration and suspense — it all comes together at a concert to be witnessed in person. So it makes sense that on Monday they surprise-dropped a live album called Live Fire as a limited edition 12″ vinyl and released “Sugar/Tzu” as a single.
This live rendition of “Sugar/Tzu” is lively and untamed, moving unpredictably and skittishly. Upon the release of “Sugar/Tzu” as a single for their latest album Hellfire, eccentric bandleader Geordie Greep shared a statement about the track: “‘Sugar/Tzu’ imagines that in 2163 it’s possible to see a championship fight between two 600-pound men,” he said, “albeit in a so-called ‘Leadweight’ division. The fight is between Sun Sugar and Sun Tzu; the latter being a fan of the Chinese general, hoping to channel his strength; and the former looking to continue the lineage of Sugar Ray Robinson, Leonard, etc.”
To further tease fans, the band also shared a video of their drummer Morgan in a jam-out session with Mdou Moctor’s Souleymane Ibrahim. Watch Simpson and Ibrahim jam below and listen to the live version of “Sugar/Tzu” above. Find the album artwork and tracklist underneath the video.
3. “Welcome To Hell”
6. “Eat Men Eat”
7. “Chondromalacia Patella”
8. “John L”
9. “27 Questions”
10. “The Defence”
Live Fire is out now on Rough Trade. Get it here.