Last week one of England’s top emerging bands hailing from Blackpool, Boston Manor, released a new album via Pure Noise Records entitled “Welcome To The Neighborhood”. Here at Cloak & Dagger media this record is in the running for Album of the Year. Discovering Boston Manor myself last year at Vans Warped Tour I quickly became a fan. Their live energy and passion in their faces just lured me in. Compromised of Henry Cox - lead vocals, Mike Cunniff - lead guitar, Ash Wilson - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, Dan Cunniff - bass, backing vocals & Jordan Pugh - drums you can see the individual growth of each member and the band as a whole.
Their first full length release of , "Be Nothing", lured me right into them after seeing them live. Hits like Laika, Lead Feet and Forget me not. Being one of the most solid albums I heard, I was really curious to what would be coming our way from Blackpool's finest. This record was highly anticipated for me because a sophomore full length usually is a defining moment for a band. Their release of the first single, "Halo" had me at the edge of my seat wondering where the band could go next. The single made it clear to me maturity was coming our way and a bit more of a mainstream sound was in store. I still sat in thought, "How could this high energy album be topped. They will surely fall short..." Boy I was wrong.... That same energy and passion that I saw on the Warped Tour stage shined through this new record. When you press play and that first track, the title track, comes through the speakers instantly you hear the growth that this band has gone through in the past year.
It’s clear from the opening track that the quintet has matured and found their own niche. The band expanded their horizons and have brought many different influences to the record. With their hard hitting pop-punk elements now accompanied by layered synths, they make a statement with the title-track being the first on this record. The simple chorus of: ‘Welcome to the neighbourhood, if you could leave you would.’ isn't just a lyric, it is a statement as I couldn't leave and I needed to listen to this record from front to back, over and over again. I felt as if, if they went more electronic, this record would have been thoroughly disappointing but as each song came on, the edge grew while keeping the sound of their new elements. The moment, Flowers In The Dust Bed came through my speakers, that was the moment I knew this record was going to turn my world upside down.
Each word, each song, each note, had a purpose and makes you feel. The lyrics totally relate-able to a large audience, I see the horizon for this band expanding after this release. Exposing themselves to the right crowds with their upcoming tour with Real Friends & more.... Sky is the limit for this band as cliche as that may sound. As of now.... this my Album Of The Year.
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Flowers in your dustbin
DO NOT SLEEP ON BOSTON MANOR!