Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Boxer Rebellion: Bringing New Songs to Toronto

The Boxer Rebellion have had a wee bit of a rocky ride. After the London-based indie quartet's inception in 2005, the band was supposed to head on tour with The Killers (although now disbanded, that year was definitely the height of the band's popularity), but was forced to cancel due to lead singer Nathan Nicholson's ruptured appendix while on tour with The Raveonettes. Upon returning to the scene with their debut LP Exits, their Poptones label imploded and the band have survived independently ever since.

None of that really stopped them, though. As of next week, they're back with a lush new release, Promises, which is the follow-up to 2011's critically-acclaimed The Cold Still. I recently had "Diamonds" sent to me, and if the first single is indicative of the group's latest direction, The Boxer Rebellion might finally peak above the radar line they've been hovering around for the past few years. While maintaining the same emotive indie-rock knack that still channels The National or Travis', Nicholson's voice boasts a calm confidence and maturity on the darker new single; maybe because the tune's toe-tapping drums and layers of reverberating guitars are ready for bigger venues, and bigger things. Whether or not the band can top the heaps of rich, romantic indie-rock available in these times is to be determined, but with a new tour and Billy Bush-produced album, the wheels are in motion.

The Boxer Rebellion are scheduled to play The Opera House with Fossil Collective on May 24, 2013. See you there.

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