The Boxer Rebellion celebrate 15 years as a band with their fifth album
‘Ocean By Ocean’, billed as the band’s most complete LP to date, will be accompanied by a short run of intimate shows including one at Oslo, Hackney on 3 May 2016.
“We always wanted to write songs that represented us honestly, that sounded significant, that stopped people in their tracks,” says drummer Piers of the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Promises’ and their first album to feature new guitarist Andrew Smith.
So, first single ‘Big Ideas’ is about missed opportunities.
“It’s about meeting someone special but at the wrong time in your life. You feel lucky to have met them but also, because of the bad timing, like you have the very kind of worse luck,” explains singer Nathan Nicholson.
‘Keep Me Close’, meanwhile, is “about opening yourself up. About the leap you take when you give yourself over, unwaveringly, to someone else. It’s about letting yourself be judged, about being open to change to be closer to someone,” says Nicholson.
And ‘Let It Go’ deals with the existential angst of a man approaching 40.
“I think I’m really bad at realising my lot in life sometimes,” admits Nicholson. “I have to remind myself that, you know, my life is pretty amazing. I’m in a band I really believe in, and I’m proud to be a part of. I always was, and always will be.”
The Boxer Rebellion formed in 2001, not long after Nicholson arrived in London from Tennessee, with the line-up completed by bassist Adam Harrison, drummer Piers Hewlett, and guitarist Todd Howe.
“We’ve always believed in our music,” says Hewlett, “and that’s what has kept us together all these years. There were times we did well and got a lot of attention, and then there were the wilderness years, but we just kept at it because we knew we were onto something.”
Their 2005 debut ‘Exits’ was followed by ‘Union’ (2009), and 2011’s ‘The Cold Still’, with the band’s songs featured on TV series like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘NCIS’, and ‘Shameless’.
- ‘Ocean By Ocean’ is released on 29 April 2016.