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Video of the Moment #1174: The Boxer Rebellion

 
By on Wednesday, 10th April 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from them. But here is the promo video for ‘Diamonds’, the first single from The Boxer Rebellion‘s fourth album, coming out on the 14th of May. The track is itself is poppy and the vocals ethereal. (The guitars remind me of a Keane song, oddly…) Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKTAXkpGceQ[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #497: The Boxer Rebellion

 
By on Thursday, 9th June 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Watching the Boxer Rebellion‘s new video for ‘The Runner’, their new single out on the 27th of June, is like watching a mini-film. You get glimpses of a life that is, as the first word of the song states emphatically…”different”.

The video has been tagged as inappropriate for minors on YouTube, so I’m posting the Vimeo version to get around the age restriction. (It might be NSFW – you have been warned.) I’ve watched the video and haven’t found the two actresses doing anything you haven’t seen a man and a woman do in a music video. However, I suppose if a brief shot of an uncovered breast and/or lesbian lovers kissing and dancing on a rooftop somehow offend you, then you best skip this one.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/24212124[/vimeo]

Last week we posted a remix of this song, as interpreted by the Joy Formidable. Go here to get it.

 

MP3 of the Day #348: The Boxer Rebellion

 
By on Friday, 3rd June 2011 at 10:00 am
 

The Boxer Rebellion are getting ready to release a new single, ‘The Runner’, on the 27th of June. Before then, how about downloading and listening to a remix of the song, done by the Joy Formidable, all for just your email address? Go on, you know you want to.

We reviewed their latest album, ‘The Cold Still’, in February.

 

Album Review: The Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd February 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

The last 2 years have been pretty excellent ones for London-based Boxer Rebellion: in 2009, their second album, ‘Union’, hit #1 on the iTunes UK albums chart and was named Best Alternative Album by iTunes; in 2010, their song ‘Spitting Fire’ appeared in the feature film Going the Distance and the band starred briefly in the film as well. Next week, they release into the wild their third album, ‘The Cold Still’. The album was produced and mixed by Ethan Johns, who has famously worked with the likes of Kings of Leon and Ryan Adams and more recently, on last year’s Tom Jones (‘Praise and Blame’) and Laura Marling (‘I Speak Because I Can’).

It’s no surprise that ‘Step Out of the Car’ (video here) was released as a single, with its melody brightly chugging along, being the most immediate song of all on this album. The problem is, it’s a false advertisement for the rest of the album – people expecting the rest of the album to sound much like that will be disappointed. Opening track ‘No Harm’ is softer and more introspective than ‘Step Out of the Car’, the song that immediately follows it. Maybe rearrangement of the tracks would have helped. Gorgeous instrumentation – particularly evocative tickling of the ivories – frames ‘Cause by the Light’, an atmospheric, nearly 5-minute opus. As expected by the title, ‘Organ Song’ features organ chords, but it sounds like you’re outdoors and breathing in the fresh air, like the scene in Forrest Gump when everyone’s running down a desolate Western highway as Jackson Browne’s ‘Running on Empty’ is playing in the background.

‘Memo’ has a darker rock vibe, which is a good thing. But where is the memorable hook? ‘The Runner’ is upbeat but disappointingly, it’s no ‘Evacuate’. ‘Locked in the Basement’ and ‘Cause for Alarm’ drift like smoke through up and through the air: some people like this kind of vibe, but it doesn’t ring my bells. This album is inevitably going to be compared to the monster ‘Union’ was, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing.

7/10

‘The Cold Still’ will be released next Monday, 7 February, on the band’s own label, Absentee Recordings.

 

The Boxer Rebellion / March 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd February 2011 at 9:00 am
 

The Boxer Rebellion have announced a tour of the UK for early March, no doubt in support for their new album out next Monday, ‘The Cold Still’ (our review of the album posts midday today). Tickets are available now.

Thursday 3rd March 2011 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Friday 4th March 2011 – Leeds Cockpit 2
Saturday 5th March 2011 – Northampton Roadmender
Sunday 6th March 2011 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Monday 8th March 2011 – Bristol Fleece
Tuesday 9th March 2011 – Birmingham Temple @ HMV Institute
Wednesday 10th March 2011 – London Heaven

 

Interview: The Boxer Rebellion

 
By on Tuesday, 7th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Interview by Kevin Angel

Like all great things the Boxer Rebellion started out with sadness, after the death of frontman Nathan Nicholson’s mum in 2000, he upped from his Tennessee home and moved to the bright lights of the big smoke some call London. After meeting fellow members Todd Howe and Piers Hewitt, and following several incarnations, the band we know and love as the Boxer Rebellion was formed. Despite their success, the band have suffered multiple setbacks that doubtless played a massive part in ensuring that they aren’t (yet) the massive stadium fillers they should be.

However, they plough on pleasing fans across the globe, and this month sees them not only feature on the soundtrack but also cameo in new romantic comedy ‘Going the Distance’ starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. The band are truly proof that, if you want something bad enough and are willing to put in the hours, you can make it happen, and whilst they may not being the group on everyone’s lips at the moment, they sure will be soon. Nathan was kind enough to answer some questions for us during what is amounting to a pretty exciting time in the band’s career.

How did you get involved in the film?
We played a show that was part of our debut US tour in April 2009 at the Troubadour in LA. We knew we had quite a few fans in the film and TV world who had heard our records on a radio station called KCRW, and a bunch of them came to see us play. With this film in particular, the head of music at New Line Cinema asked if we’d be interested in writing an exclusive track for it, 2 days later we played in New York City, and the film’s director, Nanette Burstein, was in the audience. The next morning she called us and asked if we’d actually play on camera. We read the script, checked out her work, and eventually agreed to be a part of it. It was all a very organic and natural process.

What was it like working on a film set?
Filming was quite the experience, we’ve shot videos before, but a Hollywood film set is another level. We arrived on set at 7 am and watched everything take place from the ground up. The film company had closed off an entire block of New York City and at least 250 crew were on hand with a further 300 extras milling about. The weirdest moment for us was at 8 pm when we finally took to the stage. Originally we were going to do the whole thing live, but as there’s dialogue within our scenes we had to mime to a room full of extras. Everyone was going crazy, the mood was great and then Nanette yelled cut and everyone fell silent.

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