Innovative, English Band “Black Country, New Road” Move Forward Following Lead Singer’s Departure.
If there’s one thing that many consider to be an inevitability in the world of bands and the music industry, it is that bands will break up, no matter how popular they might be. Especially when it comes to large groups of young, creative musicians all working on shared projects, longevity is never guaranteed. Earlier this year, the renowned rap group BROCKHAMPTON announced the split up of their prolific 8-year run.
Critically acclaimed English prog-rock band Black Country, New Road, is unfortunately no different.
Just days before the release of Black Country, New Road’s latest album “Ants From Up There”, lead vocalist Isaac Woods announced that he would be departing from the band. In an Instagram post, Woods stated that he was “feeling sad and afraid”, and that his mental wellbeing was suffering as a result of being in the band.
When the album released days later on February 4, it was met with almost immediate acclaim from fans and critics alike, with many describing it as the album of the decade.
Woods’ departure from the band just days before the album released created a very bittersweet moment for many fans of Black Country. Because Woods was the lead vocals and had a key hand in the song-writing process, his departure led many fans to become unsure of the band’s future.
Due to the shakeup of the band, Black Country, New Roads had to cancel their planned 2022 tour.
In spite of this set back, BCNR has remained undeterred and following the release of “Ants From Up There”, the remaining members of the band have set about in the studio to create new music for their next album.
About the new music the band is now creating post-Isaac drummer Charlie Wayne said that while the creative process hasn’t changed much, the vocals and the song-writing will be much more decentralized than the music on their previous projects.
Needless to say, on Black Country’s next album there will be an assortment of songs sung by the different members of the band, as opposed to Woods himself.
The band is set to play at the Connect Music Festival in Edinburgh on August 28 and are expected to have a new set of songs to play.