Addictive lyrics and infectious hooks, Boston Manor deliver once again with latest single Halo.
Boston Manor’s Drowned in Gold was a single that got me excited for the future of the band. With each release, the Blackpool boys have expanded and improved their discography. Now, with the release of their latest single Halo comes the announcement of their second LP, Welcome to the Neighbourhood (set for release on 7th September via Pure Noise). Halo maintains the dark and brooding nature of the previous standalone single and I wanted to see how this would translate into its sound.
The opening of this song is eerie and fits the mould of the video. The ambience set for the album and video of this single is incredible. Dulled, haunting scarlet lighting and cleverly imposed halos, highlight just how wonderful the production is. From the onset, this track feels as though it is building to something. A lot of this comes from the opening where the distant backing harmonies create an aura of suspense. The pace of the verse really gives the track a pulse. The whole track slips from one gear to the next. From here, the chorus has a real bop about it – perfect to match the hip pouncing of Henry Cox, a prominent feature of their live shows. The hook of the chorus is one of the biggest takeaways from the track, it is infectious and will leave you singing along. However, while the musical facets of the track are highly impressive, the truly incredible part of the song is the lyrics. Lines such as “a thick brown belt on my arm again / a tablespoon of tar again” and “just a quick fix then I’ll get clean” really give this track a purpose. The accent and delivery of a lot of Boston Manor lyrics sometimes make them hard to fully understand them, however, finding out what is being said is always enthralling. With this track, the lyrics are incredible. Addressing drug abuse, the band tackle a damning topic with an energy that enforces the emotion that charges the song. You have to check this song out – even if just for the lyrics.
This is a must hear song. Its message, its infectiousness and its energy are all impeccably delivered by the band. Welcome to the Neighbourhood is coming in hot and must not be ignored. Alongside their pals Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor are one of the bands to watch this year.
The band will be touring later in the year, catch them at these dates:
‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ UK Tour:
(w/ support from Microwave, Drug Church & Wallflower)
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
Further UK dates:
Thu 12 Jul UK Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival
Fri 13 Jul UK Hatfield Forum w/ Enter Shikari
Fri 20 Jul UK Nr Abingdon Truck Festival