Black Country, New Road have shared a video for their latest single Concorde, the third track lifted from their highly anticipated second album, ‘Ants From Up There,’ which will be released on February 4th via Ninja Tune.
The new video was directed by Maxim Kelly and saw the band collaborate heavily with independent production company Caviar. This marks the first video of it’s kind from the band with sci-fi b-movie themesh and featuring a number of surprises.
Speaking on the video, Maxim says, “On the surface, the concept was straightforward, a walking video: An Ant from “up there”, sings Concorde.
But, for a band who namecheck everyone from Scott Walker to Kanye West, and the pronounced mix of genres in their music, it felt right to take an analogous approach with the visuals. Throw as many references together as possible and see if we, too, could get it all to hold together as a piece.
We took the 6 minute+ runtime as an asset. It gave us the time needed to weave as much as possible into the film. A walking video in parts, but also with a narrative running through. We combined miniatures with VFX, and flanked the film with Archival footage.
The band were so supportive and amazing. They gave us the encouragement to just go off on one! And being a massive fan of their music, it was a genuine pleasure to work with them on this film.” Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
Concorde swings from one of the most tender moments on the new album – opening with gentle drums, twisting guitar lines and frontman Isaac Wood’s almost whisper-soft delivery – into one of its most joyous and eruptive. It continues to signal the musical evolution of the band’s new material, capturing them exploring a vast range of dynamics as they harness the power of tension and release, exercising potency in not only the explosive crescendo but also the restrained build up.
The band are also set to play new UK & IE dates in support of the forthcoming album for April 2022, which will be preceded by their biggest London headliner to date at The Roundhouse in February.
They will play the following dates:
08/02/2022 – Roundhouse, London – UK
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 – Olympia, 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
Tickets are available here
Black Country, New Road’s live performances have already gained legendary status from fans and have seen them labelled “one of the UK’s best live bands” by The Guardian. 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, as well as high-profile festival appearances, the band will also play a string of US headline dates early next year.
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’.
A full list of live dates and tickets are available here
More about Black Country, New Road
Black Country, New Road’s debut ‘For the first time’ is a certain 2021 Album of the Year, having received ecstatic reviews from critics and fans alike as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Released in February to extensive, global, critical support – perhaps best summed up by The Times who wrote in their 5/5 review that they were “the most exciting band of 2021”and The Observer who called their record “one of the best albums of the year”– the album made a significant dent on the UK Albums Chart where it landed at #4 in its first week, a remarkable achievement for a largely experimental debut record. The album also reached #1 on Any Decent Music, #2 at Album Of The Year and sat at #1 on Rate Your Music for several weeks, remaining the record to generate the most fan reviews and site discussion there this year. Black Country, New Road were also declared Artist Of The Week and Album Of The Week by The Observer, The Line Of Best Fit and Stereogum, and saw features, including covers and reviews, from the likes of Mojo, NPR, CRACK, Uncut, The Quietus, Pitchfork, The FADER, Loud & Quiet, The Face, Paste, The Needle Drop, DIY, NME, CLASH, So Young, Dork and more.
The new single, Concorde, comes on the heels of the recent announcement of the band’s (Lewis Evans, May Kershaw, Charlie Wayne, Luke Mark, Isaac Wood, Tyler Hyde and Georgia Ellery) new album, which is set to land almost exactly a year to the day from the release of their debut. The band have harnessed the momentum from that record and run full pelt into their second, with ‘Ants From Up There’ managing to strike a skilful balance between feeling like a bold stylistic overhaul of what came before, as well as a natural progression.
The new track follows the band’s highly emotive, stripped back single, Bread Song, which has been a live favourite amongst fans since it’s reveal earlier this year, and has since gone on to earn wide acclaim across a number of publications, including the likes of The Needle Drop, who says band is “really shaping up to be one of the most interesting…contemporary bands out there right now.
The band also previously accompanied the announcement of their new album with the infectiously chaotic yet coherent single Chaos Space Marine, which received a huge reaction from fans and media alike, with publications such as NPR describing it as “a thrilling transcontinental epic,” and the Times calling them “one of the most exciting and unusual new bands in Britain,” as well as many more.
With ‘For the first time’ the band melded klezmer, post-rock, indie and an often intense spoken word delivery. On ‘Ants From Up There’ they have expanded on this unique concoction to create a singular sonic middle ground that traverses classical minimalism, indie-folk, pop, alt rock and a distinct tone that is already unique to the band.
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.”
‘Ants From Up There’ track listing
2. Chaos Space Marine
4. Bread Song
5. Good Will Hunting
7. Mark’s Theme
8. The Place Where He Inserted the Blade
9. Snow Globes
10. Basketball Shoes
‘Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall’ track listing
1. Mark’s Theme (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
2. Instrumental (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
3. Athens, France (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
4. Science Fair (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
5. Sunglasses (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
6. Track X (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
7. Opus (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
8. Bread Song (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
9. Basketball Shoes (Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
‘Ants From Up There’ will be available on Deluxe 4LP box set*, Collector’s edition bronze 2LP [d2c only], Limited edition blue 2LP, Standard black 2LP, Deluxe 2CD*, Standard CD, Cassette and Digital formats.
*Deluxe 4LP and 2CD versions feature ‘Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall’ album.
Pre-order the album here