A brand new album of unreleased material from Black Country, New Road, recorded at the historic music venue Bush Hall, in London at a series of unique shows at the end of December 2022. Mixed by John Parish and mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road, the new album and material marks a new chapter for the band as a six-piece. Fresh from the success of ‘Ants From Up There’ and with a full touring schedule ahead of them in 2022, Black Country, New Road aka Lewis Evans, May Kershaw, Georgia Ellery, Luke Mark, Tyler Hyde and Charlie Wayne, wrote an entire new set of material to perform. Playing to swelling crowds at festivals, including triumphant performances at Primavera, Green Man and Fuji Rock, they entered a new musical phase as they navigated and developed songs that were just weeks old. They also toured the US and headlined two sold-out shows in New York.
These new performances have seen the band garner widespread support from across the board with Rolling Stone UK describing their Green Man set as “unmissable”, and the Guardian going on to say that they were “greeted by something close to rapture.” These performances have also attracted a profile from the NY Times, multiple glowing live reviews, and a nomination for Best Live Performer at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2022. Ninja Tune
Black Country, New Road: Live at Bush Hall
Last month, Black Country, New Road released a concert film called Live at Bush Hall. A new live album featuring recordings of all new songs from three shows at London’s Bush Hall last December is being released. The live album follows Ants From Up There, which featured frontman Isaac Wood but came out shortly after his departure from the group. The new songs were written by remaining members Tyler Hyde (bass, vocals), May Kershaw (piano, vocals), Jockstrap’s Georgia Ellery (violin, vocals), Lewis Evans (saxophone, vocals), Luke Mark (guitar), and Charlie Wayne (drums). Pitchfork
Black Country, New Road aren’t exactly foreign to reinventions. The band first emerged as Nervous Conditions, though quickly disbanded in 2018 after its then-frontman Conor Browne was accused of sexual misconduct. Its remaining six members went onto take on a new name and a new form, signing to Ninja Tune [Bonobo, Bicep] and releasing two scene-shaking albums, ‘For The First Time’ in 2021 and ‘Ants From Up There’ the following year, both of which landed five-star reviews from NME, the latter being dubbed as a “future cult classic”. NME
As Black Country, New Road announce their new album Live At Bush Hall, the South London band have discussed the record’s genesis and how it marks their next chapter after the surprise departure of former frontman Isaac Wood last year.
The album, which arrives this Friday, captures the three-sold out dates that the band played at the West London venue last December. At the shows, hey surprised many fans by solely playing new material that had been recorded after Wood’s departure due to mental health problems.
While the band remain on friendly terms with Wood, now co-vocalist Tyler Hyde explained how his personal connections to the songs that formed their 2020 debut ‘For The First Time’ and 2022’s ‘Ants From Up There’ had informed their decision to focus solely on the new material.
“Breaking up for us was never an option when Isaac left, because it if was then everything we’d ever said about Black Country, New Road would be false,” explained Hyde… Rolling Stone
- Up Song (Live at Bush Hall)
- The Boy (Live at Bush Hall)
- I Won’t Always Love You (Live at Bush Hall)
- Across the Pond Friend (Live at Bush Hall)
- Laughing Song (Live at Bush Hall)
- The Wrong Trousers (Live at Bush Hall)
- Turbines/Pigs (Live at Bush Hall)
- Dancers (Live at Bush Hall)
- Up Song (Reprise) (Live at Bush Hall)
Package Dimensions : 12.6 x 12.6 x 0.79 inches; 9.6 Ounces
Manufacturer : Ninja Tune
Original Release Date : 2023
Label : Ninja Tune
ASIN : B0BYS2H2F1
Country of Origin : USA
Number of discs : 1