by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Mi Ami - "New Guitar" (MP3)

Mi Ami

"On a series of engaging 12" singles and a fascinating debut LP ("Watersports," released last month), Mi Ami stretches out and languishes in punk-dub, sideways-jazz and African accents. On stage, however, Long (bass) and Martin-McCormick (guitar, vocals) stuck to more direct strategy: attack. That mostly meant McCormick riding Long's gut-punch Rickenbacker bass riffs and Palermo's kinetic drum patterns like a banshee, spraying the songs with convulsive echo-guitar riffs."
[Washington Post on Mi Ami's 3/10 show]

The San Francisco three-piece (ex-Black Eyes) are playing with Mirror Mirror and local goth-rock quintet Extra Life (who just returned from a month-long US tour) at the Silent Barn in NYC tonight (3/12). Mi Ami then heads to SXSW for several parties (see below) and the Touch and Go/Quarterstick SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 20th at Flamingo Cantina, before a series of April/May dates in Europe.

The recently pared down Touch and Go released the band's Watersports LP (art below) on February 17th. All tour dates below....

Watersports
Mi Ami

Mi Ami - 2009 Tour Dates
03/12- Silent Barn, New York, NY
03/14- 89 Columbus St., Charleston, SC
03/15- Farm 255, Athens, GA
03/16- Sluggo's, Pensacola, FL
03/17- Xanadu Club House, New Orleans, LA
03/20 - Club 1808, Austin, TX
03/20 - Habana Calle 6 Annex Austin, TX
03/20- Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX
03/21- 2203 Lake Omega, El Paso, TX
03/22- Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ
03/23- Pehr Space, Los Angeles, CA
04/09- The Greenhouse Effect, Brighton, United Kingdom
04/10- Lexington, London, United Kingdom
04/11- Motel Mozaigue, Rotterdam, Netherlands
04/12- AB Club, Brussels, Belgium
04/13- L'Aeronef, Lille, France
04/14- La Java, Paris, France
04/15- La Scene Michelet, Nantes, France
04/17- Dauntaun, Milan, Italy
04/18- Init, Rome, Italy
04/19- Thermos, Ancona, Italy
04/20- K4, Nurnberg, Germany
04/21- Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
04/22- Re Club, Krakow, Poland
04/27- Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
04/29- Paard, Den Haag, Netherlands
04/30- Macbeth, London, United Kingdom
05/03- Optimo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
05/04- End Bar, Newcastle, United Kingdom
05/05- Korova, Liverpool, United Kingdom
05/06- Portland Arms, Cambridge, United Kingdom
05/07- Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
05/08- The Menagerie, Belfast, Ireland
05/09- Crawdaddy, Dublin, Ireland
05/10- Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Ireland
05/12- Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, Finland
05/13- Lilla Hotellbarren, Stokholm, Sweden
05/14- Debaser, Malmo,Sweden
05/15- TBA, Copenhagen, Sweden
05/16- TBA, Riga, Latvia