The Boxer Rebellion Make 'Promises' on New LP, Book North American Tour

BY Alex HudsonPublished Mar 27, 2013

Back 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.


1. Diamonds
2. Fragile
3. Always
4. Take Me Back
5. Low
6. Keep Moving
7. New York
8. Safe House
9. You Belong to Me
10. Dream
11. Promises

Tour dates:

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

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