Black Midi have released new single "Eat Men Eat" as the second preview of their forthcoming album Hellfire.
Following the announcement of Hellfire with the lead single "Welcome To Hell" last month, Black Midi have delivered a second cut from the record titled "Eat Men Eat", which lands with a Maxim Kelly-directed video.
Bassist Cameron Picton said of the new release, "The story starts in the desert with two men engaged in a desperate search for missing friends. Their quest leads them to a strange mining facility which, despite a dearth of natural resources in the area, opens its doors for even stranger hosts to welcome them."
"That evening, with zero sign of their friends, a massive feast is laid on by the mine’s cantankerous Captain, who performs a long speech encouraging all to indulge as this is to be the workers’ last night before returning to their families," Picton continued. "With good reason for suspicion the protagonists feign gluttony and consume as little as humanly possible. Unfortunately, as they later find, even that’s not quite enough. Night falls, they hide and as the workers fall comatose the wardens, overseen by the Captain, make preparations to pump their poisoned stomachs. It turns out the purpose of the mine is to procure an excess of human stomach acid used in the production of a bastardized blood red wine, sold and loved in the region."
"After the wider conspiracy is revealed and upon realising their friends must be long gone, the partners decide they must destroy the facility," Picton added. "A spanner plugs the works however, as one of the men experiences mild effects of the poison and the production of acid in his stomach goes into overdrive. As his chest literally bubbles he says what may be his final goodbyes to his partner and the other man is left to do the heavy lifting alone. He succeeds and as they flee, arm in arm, the demon Captain erupts from the burning embers and curses the two men to the hell of crippling acid reflux for the rest of their days. They see no reason to worry though, as they’re sure to return home hailed as heroes."
Hellfire will follow Black Midi's 2021 second album Cavalcade. Guitarist and vocalist Geordie Greep said, "if Cavalcade was a drama, Hellfire is like an epic action film." The new album was written in lockdown following the release of Cavalcade, and is produced by Marta Salogni.