BLACK ENGLISH [formerly NO]
Echo Park, Los Angeles.
BLACK ENGLISH is Bradley Hanan Carter, Sean Daniel Stentz, Ryan Lallier, & Reese Richardson.
After nearly three years vagabonding across the US and Europe, with close to 300 performances under the name ‘NO’, the LA band BLACK ENGLISH are embracing some change as they head back to Europe to release their debut album (now titled ‘NO’) on a tour that will see them supporting renowned French composer Yann Tiersen.
Understandably a name as concise as ‘NO’ posed some specific problems, and after exhausting the appropriate amount of effort one should invest into defending or promoting an unsearchable name, the band opted to find something a little easier to maintain.The name ‘BLACK ENGLISH’ was chosen for it’s evocation of the heavy conversations that pervade the songs on the album formerly called ‘EL PRADO’, songs written with the intention of creating a new hope amidst a season of certain despair.
Native New Zealander Carter states, “We wanted something to believe in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up for at the time.” This came at a stage when he found himself divorced, bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family back home. “I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where we’ll go when we die, that we’ve never really thought about where we should go while we’re still alive.”
In July 2011 NO recorded the debut EP “Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever” and released it via their website on 11.11.11. After the release of the EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at international festivals including London’s Hard Rock Calling and Germany’s Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and Famous.
Newly signed to tastemaker record label Arts & Crafts, BLACK ENGLISH have just released their self-produced debut album “NO”. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend).