Black Midi

Soda Bar presents

Black Midi

Band Argument, Language of Flowers

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Black Midi
Black Midi
Having been together for just over a year, and having only released one single, ‘bmbmbm’, through Dan Carey’s label, Speedy Wunderground, Black Midi have made a name for themselves in the UK for being ‘the best new band in the UK that no one knows anything about’ (NME 2018). bmbmbm’ sold out its 300 copies almost instantly and had to be taken to repress within the first week.

Their minimal online and press presence has caused the music world to gravitate towards them and their incredible live shows. They recently had a sold out headline show at Electrowerkz and have a fast-selling UK tour in January planned. Their insoluble mix of electronic, hardcore and math rock married with their uncompromising youth gives them a wisdom beyond their years, and a sound that feels beyond this world. Black Midi are a band impossible to put your finger on, but equally impossible to ignore.
Band Argument
Band Argument
“This project is an analog-digital hybrid,” says former Big Bad Buffalo drummer Jordan Krimston of his new group, Band Argument. “It’s a classic rock band setup — two guitars, bass, drums, vocals — but everything has a digital filter on it, like MIDI pickups on the guitars, sample pads and triggers on the drums, [and] harmonizers on the vocals.”

The group, which includes fellow former Buffalo bassist-singer Sil Damone, just released its debut EP and supported it with a short west coast tour. La Mesa-based Krimston (21) and North Park resident Damone (23), both graduates of San Diego’s School of Rock (where Krimston has also taught classes), are backed by Clairemont’s Jake Kelsoe (24) and Alex Simonian (24), a former local now living in L.A. “Jake used to play in one of my favorite San Diego bands, Meraki, and Alex used to play in a band called Steven on the First Floor with me and Sil.”

Despite sharing members from a previous band, Krimston points out notable differences. “Big Bad Buffalo was kind of an ode to a lot of 90s punk bands like No Knife, Drive Like Jehu, and Faraquet, so the approach and style was very raw. Drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and not much else. We set parameters for ourselves to work within in order to draw as much out of a traditional power-trio set up as we could. We didn’t use many effects or samples or anything in that realm. Band Argument, on the other hand, has a far more maximalist approach.”

Krimston says “analog-digital” means they record and perform with tube amps and acoustic drums. “Basically, everything we do is run through this kind of digital filter we’ve formed...Jake and Alex attached MIDI pickups to their guitars, so that they can essentially sample any sound for their guitar tone; trumpet, synth, didgeridoo, what have you. Sil uses a vocal processor that runs vocals through harmonizers and effect chains, and I have a hybrid drum kit that’s half acoustic drums and half sample pads and triggered sounds.”

As far as concerts go, “A lot of the gear is super tedious to maintain and use live. We live in a constant habitat of cable spaghetti, and we’re constantly going deeper, trying to find weirder gear to use. The analog-digital aspect helps us better recreate our songs live. I think currently in our live set, we have samples of banjos, steel drums, didgeridoos, flutes, and synths, among other things. It can be tricky sometimes, just because of how many variables there are.”

As far as other musical projects go, “Miss New Buddha has an album that’s essentially finished right now, we're just scheming about how to wrap it up...also working on some exciting stuff with Weatherbox, Future Crooks, and the Obsessives. Oh, and I just went to Philadelphia last week to record my first solo EP.”

You can watch Band Argument getting tricky with their variables on March 9 at M Theory Records, along with Tokyo-based Loolowningen & the Far East Idiots and locals Shades McCool. Hopefully, things will go smoother than their recent tour-closing appearance in Provo, Utah.

“The band that played after us got into an argument onstage, so that was a little weird. But, in retrospect, it was kind of perfect, because the first Band Argument tour technically ended with a band argument.” – SD Reader
Language of Flowers
Venue Information:
3519 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104