Review: Black Country, New Road at Yes Basement 

London-based post-rock band Black Country, New Road are ones to keep your eyes and ears on.

By Manchester's Finest | 14 October 2019

Share this story

They’re a young seven piece from Cambridge, with an instrumental line up of Isaac Wood on vocals and guitar, Luke Mark on guitar, Charlie Wayne on drums, May Kershaw on keys, Tyler Hyde on bass, Lewis Evans on saxophone and Georgia Ellery on violin.

These guys played a few festivals over the summer and have supported Black Midi and Fat White Family, with only Two tracks released they are on the road this autumn touring the UK and Europe with their fresh exciting new music crossing many genres, along with much media interest leads BCNR to a sellout show the Manchester’s Yes crowd tonight.  

Following an interesting support act named ‘Famous’ the crowd are ready with excitement of hearing BCNR for the first time, anticipation builds and the room soon fills as does the tiny stage as the band find their spots, Sax player Lewis takes his place front center stage.

They begin with an ‘unknown’ track, it sounds great straight off, setting the bar for the rest of the show very well, the track draws the crowd’s attention with reference to their friends Black Midi. As the opening track then seamlessly blends into epic debut single ‘Athen’s, France’.

The whole show is very much a continuous assortment of music rather than a list of tracks, each weaving in and out of each other, gives a theatrical feel to their performance. Half way in, its stand out track, the one everyone has been waiting for, current single ‘Sunglasses’. The gentle guitar and drums intro gives the time for a small mosh pit to form, as the Eight minute long single progresses, its as epic live as it is through the airwaves.

As they play live, they show us their incredible knack for knowing, on-point lyrics, full of humour and talent. Unusually, the lead vocals (Isaac Wood) actually only sings 25% of the show therefore understandably he is tucked away to the right behind a speaker, a weird dynamic to witness.

Over their tight 45 Minute show, BCNR showcase they are a creative post-punk group that’s rare, and take it a step further with eclectic and experimental tendencies that firmly set them apart.

If you missed them this time round, fear not they are back playing Yes in January, this time up in the Pink Room, link to tickets below.


Black Country, New Road

Buy Tickets

When: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 
Where: Yes, The Pink Room
Cost: £10