Black Country, New Road Share New Performance Film ‘Live at Bush Hall’

    Black Country, New Road have shared a new performance film titled Live at Bush Hall. It documents three shows they played at the London venue in December, which were comprised of entirely new material written after the departure of frontman Isaac Wood early last year. Greg Barnes directed the film, which was mixed by John Parish. Watch it below.

    “We didn’t want to do a studio album,” pianist May Kershaw explained in a press release. “We wrote the new tracks specifically to perform live, so we thought it might be a nice idea to put out a performance.”

    “We had concerns from live sessions we’ve seen or done in the past,” guitarist Luke Mark added. “They are very obviously clumped together visually from multiple performances. That can take you out of the performance and make it seem artificial and like it’s not actually live. So we came up with the idea to make the three nights look visually distinct from one another. To scratch the idea of trying to disguise anything. We wanted it to be very honest and let people know that we had three goes at it. This isn’t just us playing the whole thing non-stop.”

    “We thought: if we’re gonna do a film, then make it personable,” Mark continued. “And a lot of our fans, especially when we were putting this stuff together, played a huge part in spreading the songs which meant that people could listen to them without us putting them out in the first place. It felt good to do the film in a way that involved the people who’ve been vital to keeping the whole thing afloat.”

    “It’s about capturing the moment,” saxophonist and vocalist Lewis Evans said. “A little time capsule of these eight months that we’ve had playing these songs on the road.”

    Black Country, New Road released their sophomore LP, Ants From Up There, the Wood left the band. Read our review of their set at Primavera Sound 2022.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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