It’ll take you less time to read this than it will to listen to a track by Black Country, New Road. It’ll take you much more time to work out what’s going on in a track by Black Country, New Road than it will to read this and listen to a track by them combined. To save you a few minutes, it definitely involves a scintillating free-for-all of sprechgesang poetry, post-apocalyptic prog-jazz, with snippets of post-rock, post-punk, math-rock, darkwave and grunge. Amongst other things.

The Beat Generation meets Gen Z in a flurry of fragmented screenshots that depict modern life in all its stupefying absurdity. Lead singer, Isaac Wood, bristles with middle-class, middle-Englander, post-millennial disaffection, with that voice you make when you’ve had a few and you ring an ex to ask why they dumped you, or when you’re just looking to start an argument with absolutely anyone about anything.

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Photo by Mathew Parri Thomas.

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