Published Mar 27, 2013Back in 2011, we wallowed in the sadness of The Cold Still by British indie rockers the Boxer Rebellion. Now, they're back with a new album called Promises, due out May 14 via their own Absentee Recordings.
The band worked on these 11 songs over 18 months in their rehearsal/recording space in London, UK. It was then co-produced with Billy Bush (Garbage, Neon Trees) in Los Angeles. The results reportedly find the band shifting away from the dark analogue soundscapes of The Cold Still, and a press release describes Promises as "a hi-fi, soaring piece of work that truly delivers on the band's epic, signature sound, and individual skill as musicians."
For a taste of this style, watch the video for opening cut "Diamonds" below. The song is atmospheric and dramatically brooding, while the accompanying ultra-slo-mo clip provides some "work sucks" catharsis in the form of a daydreamed skydive.
Scroll past the tracklist to see the band's tour schedule, which includes a short run of five Canadian dates. That's the album cover above.
4. Take Me Back
6. Keep Moving
7. New York
8. Safe House
9. You Belong to Me
5/23 Montreal, QC - Café Campus
5/24 Toronto, ON - Opera House
5/28 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
5/29 Calgary AB - Republik
5/31 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
6/1 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
6/2 Seattle, WA - Neptune
6/5 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
6/7 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
6/10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
6/12 Denver, CO - Bluebird
6/14 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
6/15 Chicago, IL - Metro
6/17 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls
6/18 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
6/20 New York, NY - Webster Hall
6/22 Boston, MA - Sinclair
10/11 London, England - The Forum
* with Rogue Wave