ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THEIR 5th FULL LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM
OCEAN BY OCEAN – RELEASED APRIL 29th
+ REVEAL 1st TRACK KEEP ME CLOSE
+ 1st UK & EU SHOWS OF 2016
London quartet The Boxer Rebellion have a knack of writing album after album of jaw droppingbeauty, and their 5th is no exception. Now in their fifteenth year as a band, ‘Ocean by Ocean’ is quite simply The Boxer Rebellion’s most complete record to date and the band today announced its release on April 29th, as well a short run of intimate shows and brand new album track ‘Keep Me Close’.
A deeply personal track to lead singer Nathan Nicholson, ‘Keep Me Close’ is “about opening yourself up. About the leap you take when you give yourself over, unwaveringly, to someone else. It’s about letting yourself be judged, about being open to change to be closer to someone’ – and will be available with album pre-orders immediately and can be streamed here on Soundcloud & YouTube.
Three years since the bands 4th album ‘Promises’, and with the addition of new guitarist Andrew Smith, ‘Ocean by Ocean’ is an accomplished, beautifully orchestrated and impeccably freighted album, with a depth of emotion to every one of the 10 songs that lift each towards the hymnal. Their sound is brooding and ruminative, with singer Nathan Nicholson’s rising falsettocasting an eerie lava lamp glow on songs that sound good before midnight, and even better afterwards.
‘Ocean by Ocean’ is a transcendent record infused as much with darkness as it is light. There is brooding melancholy here that often translates into an emotional sucker punch. The first single release from the album will be ‘Big Ideas’ – a track that concerns missed opportunities according to Nicholson. “It’s about meeting someone special but at the wrong time in your life. You feel lucky to have met them but also, because of the bad timing, like you have the very worst kind of luck.”
The Boxer Rebellion are one of those rare bands who stay the course. Rarer still are the ones who get better over the years until quietly, astutely, they deliver their classic. The Boxer Rebellion are one of those bands, and ‘Ocean by Ocean’ is one of those records.
2016 UK DATES
29/4 STEREO – GLASGOW
1/5 DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER
3/5 OSLO, LONDON
4/5 EXCHANGE, BRISTOL
5/5 HARE & HOUNDS, BIRMINGHAM