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Black Country, New Road (UK)


You must keep fearing the post-punk guerrilla (or was it the post-hardcore one? Bah, whatever). Because if you get caught up in a track like Athen’s, France, there is no way out. The song with which Black Country, New Road introduce themselves doesn’t follow one single straight line. It is 6 minutes of a winding route, unexpected twists and surprising bends. The only thing that this mixed Cambridge 6-piece is clear about is its destination: the valley of suggestion that lies between the mountains of mystery. And although they have made their own path, sometimes they follow those trodden by The Fall and Slint… a wise shortcut.

Athen’s, France (Speedy Wunderground, 2019)