From the iconoclastic seaside resort of Blackpool to the pre-revolutionary water-damned Dublin, comes an unlikely common ground and unity between the two, and all in the name of music and musicians who actually play their own instruments.
So digitalised have been our days of late, and no one seems to care whether the electric guitar or the artistry of lyric writing will survive the unforgiving wave of DJs and communist-drug influenced dungeon raves.
But standing tall and waving the flag in the grimy corner of pop-punk-rock, are the talented quintet Boston Manor. These boys from Blackpool ‒ where sun, sea, beach chairs and ice cream rule the land ‒ are producing a kind of hard-hitting, gut-busting, ball-crushing sonic mayhem that you just wouldn’t expect to be coming out of that part of the world. Now, armed with their brand new EP Driftwood (which any loyal or new fans can buy on ITunes for a harmless price) and a string of UK dates all throughout November, this already classic sounding punk-rock band are set to fight the good fight for all of you who were wondering where the great young bands of yesteryear have gone to.
The EP itself consists of six jolted tracks that are unrelenting from second one. With its unheralded explosion of technical styles and now iconic millennium influences, you can’t help bopping or tapping along with each track. This EP roars by with amazing syncopation and structure, leaving true fans of modern composite music and arrangement wanting more and more; I can only imagine how electrifying their live shows are. Starting with the short intro song Salt water ‒ an assumed homage to breaking out of their sandy Lancashire town ‒ it gives an immediate air of professionalism on what would normally be a genre played by youthful rebellious teens. But the most outstanding feature to Boston Manor is the degree of detail and instrumental technique displayed in songs like Peach State, Driftwood and Wolf; demonstrating such new standards in the fusion of punk-rock and thrash drumming. The EP also smacks you with an unexpected domination of proficient lyrical phrasing in songs See you in three years and Square one, which would even make the Bob Dylan of the sixties tip his hat to.
Boston Manor’s EP Driftwood is out now. Get it while it’s still cheap, and help this band ‒ and any other band you can ‒ to bring rock back to the airwaves.