The much-hyped London art punks Black Country, New Road have kept us waiting a long time for news on a follow up their impeccable two singles so far, and today they’ve delivered the goods. Interestingly, they’ve made the left-field choice of signing to renowned (mostly) electronic label Ninja Tune, who will release their debut album For the first time on February 5. Enigmatic leader Isaac Wood reveals:

“This is basically representative of our first 18 months… We see this as being a stop in the road. I’ve always been interested in a really honest portrayal of what a band is and what they’ve been working on. I think it’s really nice if people can see an artist like: this was them in the early days, this was their next phase and that they’re quite clear and honest about genuine progression as people and musicians.”

Sax player Lewis Evans adds “We wanted it to sound exactly how we love to sound live,” which, if you’ve had the joy of seeing BC, NR live, you’ll know is extremely exciting. We get a taste of this with brand new track “Science Fair”, which further develops their sound and drags us deeper into a sonic and mental mire.

Black Country, New Road’s debut album For the first time also features ‘reinterpreted’ versions of their previous singles “Sunglasses” and “Athens, France”. It comes out on February 5 through Ninja Tune (pre-save).

You can find the band on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

They’ve also got a whole host of touring plans, featuring many rescheduled from this year, and starting with two socially-distanced London gigs coming up in a few weeks – details on those special gigs here.

The band’s full schedule is:

Fri 20 Nov 2020 – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Sat 21 Nov 2020 – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Mon 18 Jan 2021 – Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium
Tue 19 Jan 2021 – Bumann & Sohn, Cologne, Germany
Wed 20 Jan 2021 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
Thu 21 Jan 2021 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Fri 22 Jan 2021 – Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Sat 23 Jan 2021 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Mon 25 Jan 2021 – Dabadaba, Donostia, Spain
Tue 26 Jan 2021 – El Sol, Madrid, Spain
Wed 27 Jan 2021 – ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal
Fri 29 Jan 2021 – Laut, Barcelona Spain
Sat 30 Jan 2021 – Le Connexion, Toulouse France
Mon 01 Feb 2021 – Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland
Tue 02 Feb 2021 – Circolo della Musica, Turin, Italy
Thu 04 Feb 2021 – Underdogs’, Prague, Czech Republic
Fri 05 Feb 2021 – Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
Sun 07 Feb 2021 – Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
Mon 08 Feb 2021 – Debaser (Bar Brooklyn), Stockholm, Sweden
Tue 09 Feb 2021 – Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
Wed 10 Feb 2021 – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 11 Feb 2021 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Sat 13 Feb 2021 – Orange House, Munich, Germany
Sun 14 Feb 2021 – Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mon 15 Feb 2021 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thu 18 Feb 2021 – Junction 1, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Fri 19 Feb 2021  – The Loft, Southampton, United Kingdom
Sat 20 Feb 2021 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mon 22 Feb 2021 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom *
Tue 23 Feb 2021 – Future Yard, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Wed 24 Feb 2021 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
Thu 25 Feb 2021 – Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sat 27 Feb 2021 – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
Mon 01 March 2021 – SWX, Bristol, United Kingdom
Tue 02 March 2021 – Chalk, Brighton, United Kingdom **
Wed 03 March 2021 – Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom

* = Rescheduled show (Sold Out)
** = Rescheduled show