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Album Review

It sometimes seems as if England's the Boxer Rebellion sets out with the same admirably ambitious goal every time they make an album: they clearly want to make the grandest, most sweeping and emotionally engaging collection of songs they can muster. 2011's The Cold Still was one of their finest moments, and it seemed difficult to imagine the band topping it. With 2013's Promises, the Boxer Rebellion have once again delivered a set of yearning rock anthems, full of searing romanticism and brooding atmosphere, and the release ranks as one of their best. Working with producer Billy Bush, the band let go of their longstanding love of organic analog recording in favor of a more adventurous, sonically crisp sound. The result is that Promises has a vibrant, wide-angle lens perfectly suited to the band’s buoyant lyricism and guitar rock uplift. Tracks like the lead-off "Diamonds" and the sparkling "Keep on Moving" frame lead singer Nathan Nicholson's gentle yet impassioned vocals with driving drum beats and layers of delayed and processed guitars that build slowly to each song’s emotional climax. Elsewhere, cuts like “Always” and "Take Me Back" mix percussive, electronic, dance-influenced beats with '80s new wave-influenced melodies. These are songs that have a cinematic quality, each one feeling eerily as if you’ve heard it in a film. This immediate, imagistic quality means that the songs stick with you long after you’ve heard them, and as the title implies, with Promises, the Boxer Rebellion never let you down.

Customer Reviews

Best Album!!!!!

This is the best album of 2013! This guys are incredibly amazing, new sound future rock alternative/Indie! Better than Coldplay! (Not as big but getting there) listen to them! They will blow your mind!!!!

New Fan

I cant believe this band isnt bigger than they are and that I hadnt heard of them before the amazing song diamonds. i cant wait for the album

Love this band!

The first two songs they have released are amazing. Can't wait to hear the rest. I love this band, and I think they deserve all of the great reviews that you see here. They have an uncommon depth and dimension to their music that separates them from so much of the other music out there now.


Formed: 2003 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Boxer Rebellion's moody clatter drew from a cross-section of acts including the Verve, Radiohead, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They weren't to be confused with the late 19th century uprising in China, or even the Philadelphia punk revivalists who shared their name. Based in London, the quartet started around 2002 when visiting American student Nathan Nicholson met guitarist Todd Howe, who was originally from Australia. The two soon hooked up with Englishmen Piers Hewitt (drums) and Adam Harrison...
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