Black Country, New Road are the next exciting band from producer Dan Carey’s (Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Bloc Party) London-based label Speedy Wunderground (Black Midi, Squid). This seven-piece band just shared a new single today (July 15), the sprawling, nine-minute “Sunglasses,” which was mixed by Carey. It’s out digitally tomorrow via BC,NR / Speedy Wunderground, and it’s out on limited-edition seven-inch vinyl on Sept. 6 via the Thurston Moore-affiliated Blank Editions.
“Sunglasses” begins as a slow, minimal punk groover, marked by frontman Isaac Woods’ spoken-word observations, each evoking someone or something on the brink of breakdown. Things start to crumble as the emotional burden that Woods slowly unravels with each line becomes too heavy to bear, resulting in vocals and horns that both shriek for dear life. “Sunglasses” is concerned with harsh normalcy, personal inadequacies and superficiality, and Black Country, New Road capture life’s absurdity and cruelty in a ghastly post-punk odyssey.
“It describes a series of events, loosely connected, all yet to happen,” Woods says about the single’s themes. “The song was intended to be highly inspirational. The lyrics are sometimes concerned with symbols of wealth or affluence but they are not written from a critical or even external position.”
Their debut single “Athens, France” sold out of its pressing on Speedy Wunderground in just a few days, so you’ll have to be quick to preorder their new one.
Listen to “Sunglasses” below and scroll down to see their upcoming European tour dates.
Black Country, New Road Tour Dates:
20 – Suffolk, U.K. @ Latitude Festival
26 – Hyères, France @ Midi Festival
02 – Liege, Belgium @ Micro Festival
03 – London, U.K. @ Visions Festival
17 – London, U.K. @ Green Man Festival
19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Reeperbahn Festival
22 – Hebden Bridge, U.K. @ The Trades Club
23 – Birkenhead, U.K. @ Future Yards
24 – Dorset, U.K. @ End Of The Road Festival
24 – London, U.K. @ Boston Music Rooms
29 – Cambridge, U.K. @ The Portland Arms
30 – Brighton, U.K. @ Hope & Ruin
01 – Bristol, U.K. @ Rough Trade
02 – Manchester, U.K. @ Yes Basement
03 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Poetry Club
04 – Margate, U.K. @ Elsewhere
19 – Cardiff, U.K. @ SWN Festival
20 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Future Days
09 – Benidorm, Spain @ Primavera Sound 20th Anniversary
10 – Kortrijk, Belgium @ Sonic City