BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD – ” Ants From Up There “

Posted: November 4, 2021 in MUSIC
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Black Country, New Road only just released their debut album “For the First Time” earlier this year, and they’re not wasting any time with its follow-up, scheduling their sophomore LP for release early next year. It’s called “Ants From Up There”, and they’ve already shared the lead single, “Chaos Space Marine.” The experimental seven-piece have returned today with a simmering, guitar-based second track called “Bread Song,” which boasts a couple near-climaxes throughout its compelling six minutes.
“We wanted to do the first chorus with no time signature,” vocalist Isaac Wood revealed in a statement. “I went to see Steve Reich do Music for 18 Musicians and there’s a piece where a bar length is determined by the breath of the clarinet player, they just play until they run out of breath. I wanted to try that with the whole band, where we don’t look at each other, we don’t make too many cues, we just try and play without time—but together.”

Isaac Wood (vocalist): “We wanted to do the first chorus with no time signature.
I went to see Steve Reich do ‘Music For 18 Musicians’ and there’s a piece where a bar length is determined by the breath of the clarinet player, they just play until they run out of breath. I wanted to try that with the whole band, where we don’t
look at each other, we don’t make too many cues, we just try and play without time, but together.”

Another notable performance from the most fascinating new band of 2021. Wood’s feverish and woeful vox leads a sort of slow-moving death march growing in tenseness along the way before just fading out. Magnetic stuff!

Experimental 7-piece from London producing a hypnotic mix of prog and math rock, jazz, post-psych-punk, and other musical roads.

In February of this year, they impressed big time with their debut full length For The First Time entering indie land by the big gates. New album: ANTS FROM UP THERE. Out: 22nd February 2022

Taken from the album ‘Ants From Up There’, released 04th February 2022 on Ninja Tune Records:

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