Al­bum Re­views

PURE NOISE / SONY

Australian Guitar - - Contents - MATT DO­RIA

Much like its cover art, the English emo-punks’ sec­ond LP is dark, dra­matic and doused all over with an al­chemistic com­plex­ity. Tight­ened ever­more by the dense sound­scap­ing of pro­ducer/ma­gi­cian Mike Sapone, the band are im­pos­si­bly tena­cious on Neigh­bour­hood – front­man Henry Cox wields an un­godly amount of swag­ger with his slick and smoky vo­cal runs, ax­e­men Ash Wil­son an Mike Cun­niff wreak­ing ab­solute havoc with their six-strings be­hind him. It’s the lat­ter’s brother Dan who steals the show, how­ever, his bass work driv­ing tracks with a sharp edge that cements the no-f***s ethos Bos­ton Manor build their con­cept on. It’s an al­bum that beg­gars re­peat lis­tens, its labyrinthine dy­nam­ics un­rav­el­ling more with each new spin.

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