Tracking Rosali’s improv bands
Blood like MiNe
A long-running duo with her then-boyfriend, Blood Like Mine allowed Middleman to explore different ways of using her voice. “I was doing a lot of keyboards and singing, processing my vocals and just trying to be free with it.”
Says Middleman, “I had this idea of three women playing electric guitar, being totally free.” So she invited two friends who happen to be amazing guitarists – North Carolina’s Sarah Louise (House And Land) and Vermont’s Kryssi Battalene (Mountain Movers) – to join her onstage. “It’s just guitar. There’s nothing to fall back on. We’ll make this crazy noise and then go into a beautiful song.”
The loNg hoTS
Named after a frying pepper common to ItalianAmerican cooking, the Long Hots collage Middleman’s freak-out guitars with the steady krautrock rhythms of bassist Kathryn Lipman of Hothead and drummer Eva Killinger of Spacin’. In August the trio released a live cassette called Monday Night Raw, featuring a blistering version of Little Richard’s “Slippin’ And Slidin’”, and are now working on their fulllength debut, due next year.
The long hots: (l-r) Rosali Middleman, eva killinger, kathryn lipman