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Boston Manor Announce 2nd Studio LP “Welcome To The Neighbourhood”


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Blackpool’s BOSTON MANOR have announced the release date for their second studio LP, Welcome To The Neighbourhood (Out September 7, 2018 via Pure Noise Records). Fans can pre-order the album here: The band has also announced their biggest headline tour to date which will see them traverse the UK and Europe in September and October and includes a date at London’s iconic Electric Ballroom.

Produced by Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, Public Enemy), Welcome To The Neighbourhood is a soundtrack to disenfranchisement set in a fictionalized version of the band’s hometown. The first single to be revealed from the album is the "Halo", a song underpinned by a wash of doomy electronics and visualized in the dark vignettes of its accompanying music video. “’Halo’ almost got scrapped & didn’t make the album,” vocalist Henry Cox admits. “It was a totally different song, much slower and moodier. About a month before we went into the studio we reworked it entirely & it morphed into this current incarnation. It’s a song about feeling trapped; being in a vicious cycle & not knowing if there’ll ever be a way out.”

The world that Welcome To The Neighbourhood inhabits is an unapologetically bleak one, a world rife with poverty and drug addiction, boarded up shops and a population unable to escape a predicament they didn’t even know they were in. “My generation financially and culturally barren,” Cox says. “We can’t afford to buy a house, we’re very much paying the price for our parents’ generation’s mistakes, but at the same time too fucking lazy and distracted and comfortable to do anything about it.”

"Halo" – Boston Manor

While Cox is also keen to point out that this album is neither politically-motivated nor one taking arms against his parents’ generation – “If anything,” he chuckles, “it’s more of a stab at my generation” – the 12 songs on the album have nevertheless been shaped by the tumultuous state of the world and Cox’s own worries for both its future and the future of his generation. By using the band’s hometown of Blackpool – which is also where, as usual, they wrote all these songs – the band grounds those fears into a physical, tangible location, which also serves as a metaphor for the larger themes and issues that inspired and which dominate these songs. “In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” explains Cox, “Blackpool was this booming town. It was a holiday destination, a place where you can go to forget all your troubles and now things here are just so fucked up – there are huge drug problems and a 40 percent unemployment rate in the winter. It was once this beautiful thing and it’s become a little bit broken.” Welcome To The Neighbourhood is just as emotionally charged and meaningful as ever. With that comes a hope that this album, by addressing the issues it does, can have a positive impact on the future. “I’m just trying to draw attention to a few issues,” he says. “The things that are important to my generation are just so trivial in my eyes, but who am I to say? I can’t really offer any immediate solutions, but I can try to throw a bucket of cold water on some of my peers, to just get them to feel more and think more and not be so apathetic.”


Welcome To The Neighbourhood Tour Dates

Fri 21 Sep UK Bristol Thekla

Sat 22 Sep UK London Electric Ballroom

Sun 23 Sep UK Birmingham Mama Roux's

Mon 24 Sep UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Wed 26 Sep UK Liverpool Hangar 34

Thu 27 Sep UK Glasgow SWG3

Fri 28 Sep UK Leeds Key Club

Sat 29 Sep UK Manchester Gorilla

Mon 01 Oct France Paris Le 1999

Tue 02 Oct Germany Cologne Luxor

Wed 03 Oct Germany Hamburg Headcrash

Thu 04 Oct Germany Berlin Musik und Frieden

Fri 05 Oct Poland Warsaw Hydrozagadka

Sat 06 Oct Germany Wiesbaden Kreativfabrik

Mon 08 Oct Austria Vienna Arena

Tue 09 Oct Italy Milan Legend

Wed 10 Oct Switzerland Zurich Hafenkneipe

Fri 12 Oct Netherlands Haarlem Patronaat

Sat 13 Oct Germany Munich Uncle M event - Feierwerk + Hansa 39


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