black midi Unveil New Song “Chondromalacia Patella” and Expanded Tour Dates

Plus, the experimental band is throwing a YouTube listening party for their upcoming album Cavalcade

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    Heal yourself with black midi’s new song about convalescence “Chondromalacia Patella”. The experimental rockers have also expanded their 2021 North American tour and announced a listening party on March 26th for their forthcoming album Cavalcade.

    Chondromalacia patella refers to knee pain caused by a breakdown of the cartilage on the underside of the knee cap. As you might have guessed, the song is biographical, inspired by a band member’s running injury. Viewed through this lens, “Chondromalacia Patella” would seem to toggle between the joy of the run, brief bursts of pain punctuated by screams, and quieter moments of recuperation. The lyrics are more abstract than descriptive, with vocalist Geordie Greep singing about yearning and squashed ambitions. “No strength left,” he croons, “To pull the cord/ Of the morning bell.”

    The song comes with a music video directed by Vilhjálmur Yngvi Hjálmarsson and susan_creamcheese. The camera hurries across what looks like Google Maps imaging, as 3D animations of washing machines, trains, and more flicker and shift over top. Check out “Chondromalacia Patella” below.


    Alongside the new single, black midi have greatly expanded their upcoming North American tour. In addition to the previously announced October dates, the band will be returning in March and April of 2022, with a bunch of new stops in the US Midwest and South, as well as Canada. Scroll onwards for the full itinerary and get your tickets here.

    Don’t want to wait that long? The band will host a YouTube listening party for Cavalcade on May 26th at 2 pm ET. Cavalcade drops May 28th and pre-orders are ongoing. Previously, black midi shared the singles “John L” and “Slow”.

    black midi 2021-22 North American Tour Dates:
    10/04 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
    10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
    10/08 — San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    10/09 — Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s
    10/11 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
    10/12 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
    10/14 — Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
    10/15 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
    10/15 — Kingston, NY @ Tubby’s
    10/18 — Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
    10/19 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    10/21 — Baltimore, MD @ Union Brewery
    10/23 — Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern
    10/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    10/27 — New Orleans, LA @ Republic
    10/29 — Austin, TX @ TBA
    10/30 — Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
    03/22 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
    03/25 — Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
    03/26 — Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
    03/28 — Montreal, QC @ Société des Art Technologiques
    03/29 — Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
    03/30 — Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
    04/03 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    04/05 — Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
    04/06 — Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
    04/09 — Nashville, TN @ Basement East
    04/11 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune
    04/12 — Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
    04/13 — Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    04/19 — Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre


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