• Charlotte Claber

'Welcome To The Neighbourhood' - Turned Up Louder

Blackpool punx, Boston Manor are back with their second album ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ released via Pure Noise on September 7th. The album sets to talk listeners through a disenchanted town that you’d want to escape, for the boys; Blackpool. The album opening with ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ the title track immediately demonstrates eerie vibes that set the tone for the bigger sound to come. Their growth as a band strikes many but this new found sound is rather a shift than a change, following on from “Be Nothing” passion and emotion flows through lyrics from start to finish. “Welcome to the neighbourhood, if you could leave you would” a statement that rings through, vocals from Henry Cox seem emotionless and transparent, later followed by “People from here never leave” - setting the tone, a deadbeat town. This is what makes Boston Manor stand out, even with their lyrics portraying this lack of escape the Blackpool boys are one of few to use the town to their advantage to grow. The town is one of many with a similar story making the songs empathizable for listeners.

“Flower In Your Dustbin” doesn’t get much lighter in terms of lyrics though the heaving hitting bassline presented by Dan Cunniff brings up the pace to the album. Accompanied by Jordan Pugh on drums, the song brings a new tone to the album. ‘Halo’ has already been a hit with fans and for all the right reasons, the crowd pleaser is sure to go down a treat on the bands September run supported by Drug Church, Microwave and Wallflower. From ‘Halo’ to ‘Bad Machine’ another great single released by the band, bringing the tone down a notch, talking about loss of a lover, Henry Cox creates sympathy through stellar vocals that haunt the listener. Guitars from Ash Wilson and Mike Cunniff support the strongest single the band have released. The tracks throughout the album are underpinned by a sinister message about this homogenisation of their hometown and the latter failure. A constant cycle of never ending escape from a town that constantly pulls people down. Cox ensures that the band isn’t politically pushed but is more of “a stab at his generation”.

The album continues on hitting high after high, a more powerful album will push the band in a strong direction. The depth to later songs such as “Digital Ghost” bring a new element to the bands already strapping presence that guarantees to hit hard during their live shows. Closing up the album on a slow note, “The Day I Ruined Your Life” holds intense emotions. Cox simply rings out the statement, ‘the day I ruined your life’ with a melancholic but mesmerising tone that is bound to capture audiences. Lyrics suggest nothing but heartbreak an emotion that is truly presented in a well formed song. A perfect end to such a strong album.

Don’t forget to catch the band on their September run and ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’....