TUNE Black Country, New Road - Athen's, France
Black Country, New Road is a London-based 6-piece group formed mostly out of Cambridge consisting of: Charlie (Drums), Georgia (Violin), Isaac (Guitars/Vocals), Lewis (Saxophone), May (Synthesiser)and Tyler (Bass).
Stalwarts of the burgeoning Speedy-haven Brixton Windmill scene, they formed out of the ashes of a previous project in the Summer of 2018 with influences including Shellac, Oxbow and Georgia’s experiences in Klezmer groups.
After hearing a few practice-room demos and live video footage online, Speedy’s Pierre Hall saw one of their shows at London’s Moth Club. ‘It was incredible. Every song twisted and turned in ways you didn’t expect, and lyrically, Isaac had this whole The Fall meets (William) Burroughs cut-ups thing going on, the lyrics seemed to tumble out of him – but they were clever and acerbic in equal measure. It was captivating to watch.’
‘Athen’s, France’ is their first single proper, recorded as always with Speedy head-honcho Dan Carey in his Streatham studio. The resulting track is a journey in itself. Detailing ‘a spectacular return to bad form; a romantic encounter; and a chronic fear of intercourse’ – it changes direction at every corner with a vocal delivery that sounds like Steve Albini meets Jarvis Cocker.
It was also one of the fastest Speedy’s ever put to tape – with the session taking place on a cold Sunday in January 2019 (the song having finished being written only the day before) – and being mixed / mastered by the Wednesday following. That urgency is captured in the delivery, a snapshot of a new and exciting band in the here and now.
Athen’s. France. Via Streatham.