Black Country, New Road announce second album ‘Ants From Up There’ and share ‘Chaos Space Marine’

The album, out in February via Ninja Tune, will be toured around the UK next year

Black Country, New Road have announced details of their second album, ‘Ants From Up There’.

The album, which follows the seven-piece’s Mercury Prize-nominated 2020 debut ‘For The First Time’, is being previewed today (October 12) with its first single ‘Chaos Space Marine’ ahead of the full record’s release on February 4, 2022 via Ninja Tune.

Frontman Isaac Wood called ‘Chaos Space Marine’ “the best song we’ve ever written” in a statement, adding: “We threw in every idea anyone had with that song. So the making of it was a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing all the shit at the wall and just letting everything stick.”

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Listen to the new song below:

The album was recorded at Chale Abbey Studios on the Isle Of Wight this summer alongside longtime  collaborator Sergio Maschetzko, as bassist Tyler Hyde explained: “We were just so hyped the whole time.

“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.”

See the artwork and tracklist for ‘Ants From Up There’ below:

Black Country, New Road

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1. ‘Intro’
2. ‘Chaos Space Marine’
3. ‘Concorde’
4. ‘Bread Song’
5. ‘Good Will Hunting’
6. ‘Haldern’
7. ‘Mark’s Theme’
8. ‘The Place Where He Inserted the Blade’
9. ‘Snow Globes’
10. ‘Basketball Shoes’

Following the album’s release, Black Country, New Road will tour the UK and Ireland next year, with the dates including their biggest headline show so far at the Roundhouse in London.

Pre-sale to The Roundhouse show and April 2022 UK/IE dates will be available from Tuesday, October 19 at 9am BST. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday, October 22 at 9am BST and will be available here. They will come after a largely sold-out existing run of UK dates that begin next month.

See full details of both their remaining 2021 shows and the new 2022 dates below:

NOVEMBER 2021
29 – Chalk, Brighton
30 – Junction 1, Cambridge

DECEMBER 2021
1 – 1865, Southampton
3 – Arts Club, Liverpool
4 – Irish Centre, Leeds
6 – O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchester
7 – Newcastle University Union, Newcastle Upon Tyne
8 – TV Studios (SWG3), Glasgow
9 – The Mill, Birmingham
10 – The Waterfront, Norwich
12 – SWX, Bristol
13 – Y Plas, Cardiff
15 – Whelan’s, Dublin

FEBRUARY 2022
8 – Roundhouse, London

APRIL 2022
6 – The Foundry, Sheffield
7 – O2 Academy, Oxford
9 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh
10 – The Empire, Belfast
11 – Olympia, Dublin
13 – Albert Hall, Manchester
14 – Rock City, Nottingham
16 – Concorde 2, Brighton
17 – O2 Academy, Bristol

Speaking to NME on the red carpet at last month’s 2021 Mercury Prize, the band discussed their new album, calling it “sad, epic and possibly more universally likeable”.

“It’s way more palatable than the first album,” saxophone player Lewis Evans said. “People might hate it, but we really like it.”

Watch the full video interview above.

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