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Album Review: Be Nothing by Boston Manor

Blackpool’s Boston Manor release their highlight anticipated debut album, Be Nothing via Pure Noise Records on 30th September. In a similar vein to last year’s Saudade EP, this is a prime slice of emo pop punk. Hooks and big harmonies paired against introspective and dark lyrics are the order of the day.

If you’re looking for a comparison, contemporaries Moose Blood would be your best bet. Boston Manor’s sound isn’t far removed albeit just a little darker and more brooding. Like Moose Blood’s debut, Be Nothing is full of impact and announces them as a band with serious intent. From the opening chords of ‘Burn You Up’ it’s pretty obvious that this has the potential to be huge.

There’s plenty of mass appeal here – we already know the emo / pop punk mix is a winning formula – Boston Manor do it with aplomb. Second track ‘Lead Feet’ has the hallmarks of an anthem with its crunching guitars and compelling story. Henry Cox (vocals) explains, “Around the time we were writing this album I got a phone call from a guy I was friends with in school, one day when we were about 13 he just didn’t show up to school, we got told he’d been taken into care and I never heard from him again until he called. He somehow got my parents phone number and rang me one day to tell me about the last ten years of his life, how people he’d loved had died, how he’d just got out of prison and struggled with addiction, lots of really troubling turbulent stuff. ‘Lead Feet’ is about how two people’s lives can begin so similarly but the choices they make can take them in totally opposite directions.”

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In general terms Be Nothing is an incredibly easy and enjoyable listen, it will speak to a generation of millennials that will relate to Cox’s lyrics, but it’s the actual musical content that makes you revisit and truly enjoy the album. ‘Laika’ has a delightful intro, storming through raucous emo/punk riffs to its harmonies it’s one of the main standout tracks. Even the tracks like ‘Cu’ and ‘Forget-Me-Not’ that seem to lend heavily from band’s like Hindsights end up sounding fresh and instantaneous.

Boston Manor can make it big, that much is obvious. ‘Kill Your Conscience’ is almost too accessible, while ‘This Song is Dedicated to Nobody’ has all the power and instantaneousness of Enema of the State-era Blink-182. If Boston Manor play this right, you’ll see them on the cover of Kerrang! in no time.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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