It was Lester Bangs that said the ultimate sin is for an artist to have contempt for the audience. But Black Country, News Road’s tracks and the meaning behind them, their image and style, are birthed through that wry and knowing scorn. It is not real. A smokescreen for an activity like no other. They have taken the word of Bangs and twisted it to their own satisfaction. For the First Time acknowledges that somewhat, as did their Never Again EP. This contentment with confusing or enticing an audience with new waves of music that were never explored because everyone else thought it was a dead end. Ants From Up There is that next dead end, with the band trying their best to detail new ideas and strange inventions, all with a fake status of belittling their audience.