Boston Manor have announced details of their second full-length (13 track) album, 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' coming out September 7th, 2018 via Pure Noise Records. Fans can pre-order the album here or bostonmanorband.com.
The new record will include the three singles "Halo," "Bad Machine," and "England's Dreaming" which are available for streaming and featured below. These three tracks were chronologically released in June, August and September of 2018.
Make no mistake, 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.18) is an incredibly well-written album filled with various chilly synths and a dark new tone. The underlying message about the turbulent conditions of the band’s home and generation gives this record the depth and substance it needed.
Navigating an unfamiliar sound can be difficult, but Boston Manor have proven it’s possible to find yourself successfully. Just like the fans, I am anticipating the band’s next move and can’t wait to see what else they come up with. This composition contains so many tracks that will be a necessity in your next playlist.
Join below in our exclusive pre-release review of 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood.'
Boston Manor have adopted a new sound that builds on their previous debut album, and it’s impressive. Vocalist Henry Cox explains that the inspiration behind the soundtrack to the album 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.18) came from the band’s hometown of Blackpool in Northwest England.
“[Blackpool] was a holiday destination, a place where you can go to forget all your troubles and now things here are just so fucked up – there are huge drug problems and a 40 percent unemployment rate in the winter,” explains Cox, “It was once this beautiful thing, and it’s become a little bit broken.” The first tracks of the new album embrace these hard-hitting themes and address the issues the band’s home is currently experiencing.
The lyrics throughout the record are written immaculately with each song containing emotional and relatable lyrics. Each track also features a chorus that finds a way to get stuck in your head.
As the title track, "Welcome To The Neighbourhood" begins we are welcomed into the record’s moody, down-tempo rock sound. The catchy chorus including the lyrics “If you could leave you would -” provides an ominous tone that enhances the inspiration behind the album.
The second song "Flowers In Your Dustbin" greets us with a familiar Boston Manor sound that urges you to dance and sing around. The song includes heavy guitar riffs that are beautifully complemented by the percussion instruments and smooth vocals.
While the upbeat chorus in track two provides a small relief from the rock and roll, track three, titled "Halo," dives right back in with even more passion. The song is about the dark truth behind drug addiction and relapse. The bridge features a narrative that many addicts know all too well, “Just a quick fix then I’ll get clean -.” Following the bridge, the chorus delivers the true pain behind relapsing through the lyrics, "Cause I had it, then I lost it all -.”
As the album progresses, a wide variety of emotions can be felt. Whether it’s the hurt and betrayal sung about in "Tunnel Vision" (Track #7) or the guilt and heartbreak in closing track "The Day I Ruined Your Life," each song is filled with pure and raw feelings. While the band had their reservations about changing some elements in their sound, their conscious choice to showcase their versatility is evident through this emotional barrage of rock and roll.
The vocals are another high point; there is a change in vocalist’s Henry Cox’s singing since 'Be Nothing' (2016) that can be almost immediately noticed, in the best way. His singing in 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.2018) has smoothed over itself creating a polished tonality that melts into the songs. However, on tracks like "Hate You" (Track #10) we are comforted with the familiar sound Cox bellows out. Overall, he seems more confident and secure in his voice on this new album, and he should be.
21 September - Bristol // Thekla
22 September - London // Electric Ballroom
23 September - Birmingham //Mama Roux's
24 September - Nottingham //Rescue Rooms
26 September - Liverpool // Hangar 34
27 September - Glasgow // SWG3
28 September - Leeds / KEY Club
29 September - Manchester // Gorilla
December 2 - Tokyo Shibuya // The Game
December 3 - Tokyo Shinjuku // Nine Spices
December 4 - Osaka // Clapper
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