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Black Country, New Road

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Black Country, New Road (commonly abbreviated to BCNR or BC,NR) are an English rock band formed in Cambridgeshire in 2018, consisting of Tyler Hyde (vocals, bass), Lewis Evans (vocals, flute, saxophone), May Kershaw (vocals, keys), Georgia Ellery (violin, backing vocals), Charlie Wayne (drums, backing vocals) and Luke Mark (guitar, backing vocals). The band's first two albums featured guitarist and lead vocalist Isaac Wood, who left the band in 2022.

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Black Country, New Road
The band performing on a stage
Black Country, New Road performing in 2020
Background information
OriginCambridgeshire, England
Years active2018–present
Spinoff ofNervous Conditions
  • Tyler Hyde
  • Lewis Evans
  • Georgia Ellery
  • May Kershaw
  • Charlie Wayne
  • Luke Mark
Past members
  • Isaac Wood

The band gained initial attention through debut singles "Athens, France" and "Sunglasses" in 2019, which combined features of experimental rock,[1] post-punk[2][3] and post-rock,[4] drawing comparisons to bands such as Slint and contemporaries Black Midi.[5] Their debut album For the First Time, released in 2021, received widespread critical acclaim, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and reached No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart. Four days before the release of their 2022 second album Ants from Up There, Wood left the band, citing mental health struggles.[6] The album received further critical acclaim and commercial success, debuting at No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart.[7]

Following the departure of Wood, the band immediately began work on new material, with Hyde, Evans and Kershaw sharing lead vocal duties. After touring throughout 2022, the band released the concert film Live at Bush Hall, in February 2023, featuring their new songs.