Boston Manor Embraces the ’90s Vibes on Slick, Focused New ‘Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures’ EP — Listen

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

English pop-punk/rock band Boston Manor took a big stylistic leap forward in 2020 with Glue, its third full-length album, which came out during in the height of the pandemic via Pure Noise Records.

Adding electronic touches to the band’s sound, the result was a captivating album that defied genre classification and exorcised sentiments of anxiety and the pressures of life — which certainly were relevant topics to breach during lockdown, adding to Glue‘s impact.

This past Friday, Oct. 29, Boston Manor released a new EP, Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures. This one finds the group embracing some serious 1990s vibes, at times calling to mind acts like Garbage, the Cranberries and Depeche Mode, to name a few.

“Algorithm,” for example, boasts a driving rhythm, a soaring chorus and a compositional style that sounds like a refreshed version of a track from 1998:

Said vocalist Henry Cox of the designs the band had for what became Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures:

“We made this record just coming out of lockdown. We’d tried to write throughout 2020 but nothing was coming out; everyone’s mental health was suffering – it was just a really frustrating time. And then, as soon as January this year hit, just like that all these songs started flooding out of us. It was such an enjoyable time; we hadn’t seen each other for 18 months & we’re used to spending nearly every day together. We really just fell back in love with being in a band.”

“I Don’t Like People (& They Don’t Like Me)” pairs one of the EP’s strongest hooks with more anxious lyrics (“I haven’t left my bedroom for 16 days”):

It’s rare for a musical act to make a sharp about-face with its music and sound as confident in its new direction as Boston Manor does with Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures. A news release characterizes these songs as the start of a “new chapter” for the group, and judging by the immediacy and massive sound of these new tracks, it’s easy to imagine the band’s profile growing in stature sooner rather than later.

Stream the EP below.

Boston Manor will embark on a U.S. tour soon as main support for Neck Deep. The dates:

Nov 4 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Nov 5 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Nov 6 – Hard Rock Café Orlando – Orlando, FL
Nov 8 – The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
Nov 10 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Nov 11 ­– The Novo by Microsoft – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 12 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
Nov 13 – The Freemont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 14 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
Nov 16 – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Nov 17 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Nov 20 – Rockwell @ the Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 21 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Nov 22 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
Nov 23 – Radius – Chicago, IL
Nov 24 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Nov 26 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
Nov 27 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Nov 28 – Agora Theatre & Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Nov 30 – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Dec 1 – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Dec 2 – STAGE AE – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 3 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Dec 4 – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 6 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Dec 7 – The NorVA – Norfolk, VA
Dec 8 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Dec 10 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Dec 11 – Palladium – Worcester, MA

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