Black Country, New Road Announce Live Album
Black Country, New Road have today announced a new live album featuring the set from their three sold out back-to-back shows at Bush Hall in December 2022. The album will be released digitally on 24th March, and physically on 28th April via Ninja Tune
The announcement of the new album also comes alongside the news of the band’s biggest headline show to date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which will take place on 10th October following live dates across the world including the band’s first ever tour in Japan and dates in Indonesia and Taiwan, as well as an array of festival appearances including a performance at c6 Fest In Brazil, their Glastonbury Festival debut on the West Holts stage, four different sets across various Primavera Sound events in Spain, as well as further European festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Super Bock Super Rock, Motel Mozaïque festival, and more. The band will also embark on a largely sold-out UK headline tour in May.
Fresh from the release of Ants From Up There and with a full touring schedule ahead of them in 2023, remaining members Lewis Evans, May Kershaw, Georgia Ellery, Luke Mark, Tyler Hyde and Charlie Wayne, now a six-piece, decided to write an entire new set of material to perform.
Choosing to lose the idea of a front person entirely, the band instead now share vocal duties with Tyler taking the lead on a number of tracks including “Up Song”, which celebrates the friendship and success of the band with the lyrics “Look at what we did together, BC,NR friends forever.” Elsewhere, May leads on vocals for “The Boy”, as well as “Turbines/Pig”, an instant fan-favourite as well as one the band’s most vulnerable tracks to date. Whereas Lewis sings on “Across The Pond Friend” and “The Wrong Trousers”. This move has seen the band’s sound continue to shift, allowing for further influences and diversity to permeate their songwriting.
Filmed and recorded live performance, directed by Greg Barnes and mixed by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, that took place over three nights at London’s Bush Hall. “It’s about capturing the moment,” says saxophonist and now vocalist Lewis Evans. “A little time capsule of these eight months that we’ve had playing these songs on the road.”
They also enlisted friends and fans to help. Some helped make things, including mucking in to paint and build the sets for the different themes each night, while others were given cameras or instructed to shoot phone footage. All of this has then been put together to create a distinct visual language that weaves in and out of styles, timelines, narratives and perspectives. “We thought: if we’re gonna do a film, then make it personable,” says Mark. “And a lot of our fans, especially when we were putting this stuff together, played a huge part in spreading the songs which meant that people could listen to them without us putting them out in the first place. It felt good to do the film in a way that involved the people who’ve been vital to keeping the whole thing afloat.”
While this is a platform for the band’s excellent new music, this is first and foremost a film the band stresses. “We want the focal point to be this film,” says Wayne. “We’ve put a lot of effort into making it feel like you’re watching a live gig. It’s not an album in our eyes, it’s a live performance.”
Black Country, New Road live dates:
Tue 4 Apr – Club Quattro – Nagoya, JP
Wed 5 Apr – Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka, JP
Thu 6 Apr – O-East – Tokyo, JP
Thu 13 Apr – Motel Mozaïque festival – Rotterdam, NL
Fri 14 Apr – Motel Mozaïque festival – Rotterdam, NL
Sat 15 Apr – Motel Mozaïque festival – Rotterdam, NL
Tue 2 May – 1865 – Southampton, UK (SOLD OUT)
Wed 3 May – Leeds Irish Centre – Leeds, UK (SOLD OUT)
Fri 5 May – 3Olympia – Dublin, IE (SOLD OUT)
Sun 7 May – Newcastle University, S.U – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Mon 8 May – Old Fruitmarket – Glasgow, UK (SOLD OUT)
Tue 9 May – Manchester New Century Hall – Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
Thu 11 May – Waterfront – Norwich, UK
Fri 12 May – The Crossing – Birmingham, UK (SOLD OUT)
Sat 13 May – The Marble Factory – Bristol, UK (SOLD OUT)
Mon 15 May – J1, Cambridge Junction – Cambridge, UK (SOLD OUT)
Sat 20 May – c6 Fest – Rio De Janiero, BR
Sun 21 May – c6 Fest – Sao Paulo, BR
Sat 27 May – Wide Awake! – London, UK
Tue 30 May – Primavera In The City – Barcelona, ES
Thu 1 Jun – Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, ES
Mon 5 Jun – Primavera In The City – Madrid, ES
Thu 8 Jun – Primavera Sound Festival – Arganda del Rey, ES
Sat 10 Jun – Best Kept Secret – Holland, NL
Sun 25 Jun – Glastonbury – West Holts – Glastonbury, UK
Thurs 13 Jun – Super Bock Super Rock – Lisbon, PR
Fri 21 Jul – bluedot – Macclesfield, UK
Tue 10 Oct – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
Pre-Order Live At Bush Hall HERE
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