This week’s download comes from Black Country, New Road and their new album “For The First Time.” You have seven days to download the song “Science Fair.”
From the press release:
Black Country, New Road return with the news of their signing to Ninja Tune, who released their much-anticipated debut album “For the first time” on February 5th 2021.
Recorded with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine) during the early part of this year and then finished at the end of the UK’s 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.
“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 they felt was 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.”
Minimalist and foreboding, ‘Science Fair’ opens around their rhythm section; precise percussion and bass locking in to allow a residual build from the rest of the band, viola and sax loop and layer over fits and squalls from dual guitars, a synth break and an ever-anxious narrative laid down by Isaac Wood before the song caves in on itself during a blistering, caustic final breakdown.’