“Eat Men Eat” was penned by Black Midi bassist/vocalist Cameron Picton. The single incorporates elements of Spanish Flamenco music such as palmas—layered, rhythmic clapping—which was recorded by percussionist Demi García Sabat. The song also features over 50 fan-submitted recordings layered into the end of the track.
“The story starts in the desert with two men engaged in a desperate search for missing friends,” Picton said of the song’s inspiration in a press release. “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.”
Hellfire arrives July 15 via Rough Trade. The new album was written in isolation following the release of last year’s Cavalcade. Black Midi announced Hellfire with the release of lead single “Welcome to Hell” last month.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2019 Rising interview “Get to Know Black Midi, a New Type of British Guitar Band.”