Black Country, New Road Ants From Up There

Black Country, New Road have announced their new album Ants From Up There. The UK collective band's new LP drops on February 4 via Ninja Tune
Black Country, New Road photo by Rosie Foster

Black Country, New Road have announced, Ants From Up There, their new LP, will drop on February 4th via Ninja Tune. Alongside the announcement the band (Lewis Evans, May Kershaw, Charlie Wayne, Luke Mark, Isaac Wood, Tyler Hyde and Georgia Ellery) have also today shared the first single from the album, ‘Chaos Space Marine’, a track that has already become a live favourite with fans since its first public airings earlier this year – combining sprightly violin, rhythmic piano, and stabs of saxophone to create something infectiously fluid that builds to a rousing crescendo. It’s a track that frontman Isaac Wood calls “the best song we’ve ever written.” It’s a chaotic yet coherent creation that ricochets around unpredictably but also seamlessly. “We threw in every idea anyone had with that song,” says Wood. “So the making of it was a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing all the shit at the wall and just letting everything stick.”

Recorded at Chale Abbey Studios, Isle Of Wight, across the summer with the band’s long-term live engineer Sergio Maschetzko, it’s also an album that comes loaded with a deep-rooted conviction in the end result. “We were just so hyped the whole time,” says Hyde. “It was such a pleasure to make. I’ve kind of accepted that this might be the best thing that I’m ever part of for the rest of my life. And that’s fine.” Black Country, New Road Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road, will be available as part of the Deluxe LP and CD versions of Ants From Up There.

After the success of their livestream direct from London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, stand-out performances at SXSW and the BBC 6 Music Festival, and following a sold-out UK tour this summer, high-profile festival appearances, and a 43 date UK & EU tour to follow in the Autumn with sold out US dates next year, the London-based seven-piece today announce further UK & IE dates in support of the album for April 2022, preceded by their biggest London headliner to date at The Roundhouse in February.

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Live Dates

22/10/2021 – Rotondes, Luxembourg
23/10/2021 – Bumann & Sohn, Cologne – DE (SOLD OUT)
24/10/2021 – Botanique Orangerie, Belgium – BE (SOLD OUT)
25/10/2021 – Le Trabendo, Paris – FR
27/10/2021 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing – FR
28/10/2021 – Lieu Unique, Nantes – FR
29/10/2021 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux – FR
1/11/2021 – Teatro Duse, Bologna – IT
2/11/2021 – Auditorium Della Mole, Ancona – IT
05/11/2021 – Circolo della Musica, Turin – IT
06/11/2021 – Bogen F, Zürich – CH (SOLD OUT)
08/11/2021 – Underdogs’, Prague – CZ (SOLD OUT)
09/11/2021 – Frannz Club, Berlin – DE (SOLD OUT)
10/11/2021 – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw – PL (SOLD OUT)
11/11/2021 – Transcentury Update Warm Up @ UT Connewitz Leipzig – DE
12/11/2021 – Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg – DE
14/11/2021 – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht – NL
16/11/2021 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam – NL (SOLD OUT)
20/11/2021 – Super Bock En Stock, Lisbon – PT
21/11/2021 – ZDB, Lisbon – PT (SOLD OUT)
29/11/2021 – Chalk, Brighton – UK (SOLD OUT) *
30/11/2021 – Junction 1, Cambridge – UK (SOLD OUT) *
01/12/2021 – 1865, Southampton – UK *
03/12/2021 – Arts Club, Liverpool – UK (SOLD OUT) *
04/12/2021 – Irish Centre, Leeds – UK (SOLD OUT) *
06/12/2021 – O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchester – UK * (SOLD OUT)
07/12/2021 – Newcastle University Student Union, Newcastle Upon Tyne – UK *
08/12/2021 – SWG3, Glasgow – UK *
09/12/2021 – The Mill, Birmingham – UK * (SOLD OUT)
10/12/2021 – The Waterfront, Norwich – UK *
12/12/2021 – Marble Factory, Bristol – UK (SOLD OUT) *
13/12/2021 – Y Plas, Cardiff – UK *
15/12/2021 – Whelan’s, Dublin – IE (SOLD OUT) *
08/02/2022 – Roundhouse, London – UK
18/02/2022 – DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC – US (SOLD OUT)
19/02/2022 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA – US (SOLD OUT)
22/02/2022 – Sultan Room, Turk’s Inn, Brooklyn, NY – US (SOLD OUT)
23/02/2022 – Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY – US
25/02/2022 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA – US (SOLD OUT)
26/02/2022 – Bar Le Ritz, Montreal, QC – CAN
28/02/2022 – Third Man Records, Detroit, MI – US
01/03/2022 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL – US
03/03/2022 – Barboza, Seattle, WA – US (SOLD OUT)
04/03/2022 – Polaris Hall, Portland, OR – US
05/03/2022 – The Miniplex, Richard’s Goat Tavern, Arcata, CA – US
06/03/2022 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA – US
08/03/2022 – Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA – US (SOLD OUT)
09/03/2022 – Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA – US
06/04/2022 – The Foundry, Sheffield – UK
07/04/2022 – O2 Academy, Oxford – UK
09/04/2022 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – UK
10/04/2022 – The Empire, Belfast – UK
11/04/2022 – 3Olympia, Dublin – IE
13/04/2022 – Albert Hall, Manchester – UK
14/04/2022 – Rock City, Nottingham – UK
16/04/2022 – Concorde 2, Brighton – UK
17/04/2022 – O2 Academy, Bristol – UK
02/06/2022 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona – ES
08/07/2022 – Pohoda Festival, Trencin – SK

* – with Ethan P. Flynn
Tickets for 2021 dates are available HERE

Pre-order Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road HERE