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Black Country, New Road + O.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
September 2022
Wednesday 9 November 2022, 7pm, Theatre
   

Photo: Holly Whitaker

Black Country, New Road found their name on a random Wikipedia generator, and have since been bubbling in the new British scene surrounding Brixton’s Windmill.

In the past, they’ve made music in various guises – in Nervous Conditions, as friends from school, as housemates – and it shows in their instinctive collective creativity. They return now as a six-piece, following the departure of Isaac Wood, as a road test of new and unreleased music, and nothing from For the first time or Ants from Up There – the end of another chapter of a group constantly shifting, and the shift towards a new sound.

Also: Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary, a rare film curated by the band, showing one night only Wednesday 9 November
Opening act: O.

Joe and Tash make up O. – a baritone sax and drums duo blending live dubs and moshy beats. Starting deep in the pandemic lockdowns, O’s second ever gig was supporting black midi at a sold-out Brixton Windmill, before being snapped up to join BM on their Euro/UK tour. Having played major roles in bands across the hip-hop, London jazz, and indie scenes, O. take their favourite bits from their favourite music styles and mash them up into something heavy, unrecognisable, and continually surprising. 
 
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