Wandering Oak presents
Monday 21 June, 2021. 7.30pm doors.
Previously at Tyne Bank Brewery
This is a socially distant event.
“The best band in the entire world” John Doran, The Quietus
For many bands two songs is not a lot to go on. It’s a jumping off point or a sketch of what’s to come - it’s the primitive construction of a group's artistic foundations. Yet Black Country, New Road propelled themselves far and wide from their first two offerings to the world via 2019’s ‘Athen’s, France’ and ‘Sunglasses’.
The band came out seemingly fully formed, bristling with a wiry tension and fierce literacy, where deft, free-flowing and intuitive playing melded with tightly coiled eruptive moments. “We've matured a lot since we recorded those two tracks,” says saxophonist Lewis Evans, who makes up the band along with May Kershaw (keys), Charlie Wayne (drums), Luke Mark (guitar), Isaac Wood (vocals/guitar), Tyler Hyde (bass) and Georgia Ellery (violin).
Those two initial singles have been re-recorded here to fit in tonally with the rest of debut album “For The First Time”, a record that summates the band's achievements as a unit after a year of heavy touring. The new version of ‘Sunglasses’ begins with buzzing and crackling guitars unfurling in almost drone-like churns, whilst ‘Athens, France’ employs space thoughtfully, unravelling as a looser groove. “We wanted it to sound exactly how we love to sound live,” says Evans.
Very much a collection of tracks aimed to reflect their live set, this finds the band intrinsically connected to those very early intense days whilst also heavily expanding on them. “The music was honest for the time,” says Wood. “But it's just not necessarily honest anymore for it to be this overwhelmingly tense thing. There's still intensity throughout the record but it's just a very different type of intensity.” The band has essentially found a way to make silences and spaces just as impactful as noise and chaos.
“We've since learnt our best asset,” says Evans. “We can play quietly. We've taken that and used it so it's more dynamic. Intensity worked for us with those early recordings, like ‘oh my god this band is so intense and angsty’, but this record is a much more considered approach.”
Ultimately 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. For the First Time is a sonic time capsule that somehow manages to bottle the past, the present and the future.
A Message from the Promoter:
Black Country, New Road's socially distanced Newcastle show, originally scheduled for Tyne Bank Brewery, will now take place at Gosforth Civic Theatre. We have not taken the decision lightly and all existing bookings will be honoured. Because of this we have made the following changes to your experience to ensure your safety and comfort:
- To maximise social distancing between groups, there will now be no tables included with your tickets; and
- Drinks will be available to purchase throughout the night from Gosforth Civic Theatre’s bar and will be served in line with government COVID guidance at the time of the gig; either in person at the bar, or via service to your booked seating.
If the loss of either option will compromise your enjoyment, then refunds will be available from point of purchase, and we hope you will instead see the band in their standard capacity show at NUSU in December.
We do still believe it'll be incredible regardless. The show is still sold out, and we thank you for committing to it!
And this amended list of caveats:
Compliant with current government guidance (www.gov.uk/coronavirus) a maximum of 6 people from the same household can attend an event as a group. We will ensure your seats are arranged in a block together, socially distanced from any other block of seats. All seating will be forward facing.
Please ensure you take seating according to the size of your booking, and keep from moving chairs into other groupings. Once seated, please only move around the room if required for using the toilets, visiting the bar or leaving. Masks will be required to be worn when not seated.
The venue operates a one-way system in and out of the venue, please follow the signage when entering and exiting the building to ensure this system is maintained.
Sanitiser stations can be found throughout the building, we encourage all customers to use these at regular intervals.
Adhering to government guidelines, standing, dancing and singing along at volume during the event is currently not permitted. If you do not stick to this guidance, you may be asked to leave.
Please ensure you check in via track and trace app when you arrive. Please DO NOT attend the event if you have symptoms of COVID-19.