Sunday, February 08, 2009

Get Acquainted With : Black Eyes and Mi Ami

To start, I think we should take a look back at Washington D.C.'s defunct Black Eyes, not only because I think they are gigantically underrated, but also because knowing their background will help you grasp what has come out of the band, like Mi Ami

Black Eyes had a short career as a band, lasting roughly from 2001 to 2004, but they managed to garner huge support, releasing both of their full-length albums on the legendary Dischord record label, leaving a huge impact on punk scene, becoming one of the genre's best bands of the last decade. Ripe with talent, every member of the band played more than one instrument or contributed to the vocals, breaking up the monotony of the "typical band". They have certainly had a huge impact on me, and I would suggest pressing play right below to hear why:
Following their untimely break up, the band has since gone in separate ways, forming other bands and working on other projects, one of which is the band Mi Ami. Formed in 2006-2007 after the breakup of Black Eyes, two of the band's members, bassist Jacob Long and vocalist/guitar player Daniel Martin-McCormick, went on to form Mi Ami, along with drummer Damon Palermo. Their sound is more of a funk-meets-African-meets-punk vibe, and the percussion alone is something to get lost in. The band will be touring the U.S. this spring and will be hitting Austin on March 3rd at Mohawk, along with a few dates at SXSW, and you know we will be at a couple of those shows. Their full-length, Watersports, is due out February 17th on Quarterstick Records and they have a few 12"s you can get your hands on right now. 

mp3: Mi Ami - "New Guitar"

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