Black Country, New Road

For The First Time

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5th February 2021 / LP or CD / Ninja Tune
"It’s Weezer meets The Fall meets Cardiacs meets Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West, written in a bedsit rehearsal space far from home; but it’s more than just “the world’s second-best Slint tribute act”. Forget the best band in the world. This feels like everything a rock band can do."
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Black Country, New Road

For The First Time

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Doubtless one of the most exciting artists to have emerged in years. Calling their debut LP 'anticipated' was 2020's most understated moment. Our February Record of the Month.

Recorded with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine) during the early part of this year and then finished at the end of the nationwide lock-down, the album is the perfect capturing of a new band and all the energy, ferocity and explosive charge that comes with that whilst also clearly the work of a group who have no interest in repetition, one-note approaches or letting creative stagnation set in. Featuring six new songs including reinterpretations of early tracks "Sunglasses" and "Athens, France", "For the first time" is a sonic time capsule that somehow manages to bottle the past, the present and the future.

+ Indie Edition LP is pressed on 140g White Vinyl. Inverted negative effect artwork, exclusive to this edition, printed on 350gsm cardboard 12” colour sleeve with matte finish. White paper inner sleeve + 16 page lyric booklet + sticker. Download code included.

“We wanted it to sound exactly how we love to sound live,” says saxophonist Lewis Evans. “This is basically representative of our first 18 months”, continues frontman Isaac Wood.

Indeed the band found they had to stop themselves running too far ahead in order to document this album in a way that felt as truthful as possible.

“We see this as being a stop in the road” explains Isaac. I've always been interested in a really honest portrayal of what a band is and what they've been working on. I think it's really nice if people can see an artist like: this was them in the early days, this was their next phase and that they're quite clear and honest about genuine progression as people and musicians.”

Instrumental
Athens, France
Science Fair
Sunglasses
Track X
Opus
Format /LP or CD
Released /5th February 2021
Catalogue / ZEN269X
Barcode / 5054429144314
Label /Ninja Tune
Genre / Experimental
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