HENRY COX

BOS­TON MANOR’S SINGER LIKES FILM­MAK­ING AND COOK­ERY, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS HIS DOG, JACK…

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THE BEST THING ABOUT THE NORTH-WEST IS…

“Ev­ery­one’s very friendly and very funny. I was in Manch­ester for four years, when I went to univer­sity, and that’s def­i­nitely my favourite city, but I’ve mainly lived in Black­pool. Black­pool has a unique at­mos­phere, and with this bizarre clash of cul­tures and life­styles, it’s one of the weird­est places in the UK!”

THE FIRST TIME I SANG IN PUB­LIC WAS WHEN…

“I was at school, dur­ing as­sem­blies, but the first time I sang on­stage with a band was the one I was in be­fore Bos­ton Manor.we played the Cedar Tav­ern in Black­pool, but it didn’t sell very well, so it got moved to the bar. It was the mid­dle of the day. Peo­ple were try­ing to have a drink, so were all re­ally pissed off and heck­ling us!”

I’D DE­SCRIBE MY TIME AT UNIVER­SITY AS…

“Good, but I don’t rec­om­mend it for ev­ery­one. Most peo­ple go there be­cause they don’t know what they’re do­ing with their life. I went to art school, but I don’t think there was any­thing I learned there that I couldn’t have picked up from go­ing out in the world and do­ing it. But, if I hadn’t gone to univer­sity I wouldn’t have ended up in Bos­ton Manor!”

IF I WASN’T IN A BAND I WOULD BE…

“Do­ing some­thing art-re­lated. I’m a film­maker, and I still do that as well as play­ing with Bos­ton Manor. It’s some­thing I want to come back to down the road, when the tim­ing is right. I think I’d like to di­rect a movie my­self one day, though it’s a very scary prospect, be­cause you’re in charge of a lot of peo­ple.”

THE ONE THING I CAN’T LIVE WITH­OUT ON TOUR IS…

“Henry Rollins’ book, Get In The Van.we al­ways take that out with us, and ev­ery tour at least one per­son will read it cover to cover. I’m ac­tu­ally quite a min­i­mal guy when it comes to tour­ing.the other guys make fun of me be­cause I barely fill a suit­case – just T-shirts, un­der­wear and toi­letries, plus my phone and my Kin­dle, and I’m good to go.”

WHEN I GET HOME FROM TOUR, THE FIRST THING I DO IS…

“Have a mas­sive shower, and then hang out with my dog, Jack. I miss him a lot when I’m away, and he’s al­ways buzzing when I come back. He’s ex­cited af­ter I go out for half an hour and come back, so when I go away for two months he’s mad with ex­cite­ment! I’ll ba­si­cally sit down in the liv­ing room with my back against the wall and throw a ten­nis ball for him – for about five hours!”

ONE THING I RE­ALLY LOVE DO­ING APART FROM SINGING IS…

“Cook­ing. I buy a lot of cook­books and give dif­fer­ent things a go. I’m on a big Ital­ian kick at the minute, and try­ing to nail au­then­tic Ital­ian cook­ing, so I’m try­ing to crack mak­ing pasta from scratch. there are def­i­nitely a lot of real specifics in there to master!”

MY FAM­ILY IS…

“Very im­por­tant to me, and I’m re­ally lucky be­cause mine is awe­some. They love that things are hap­pen­ing for the band, and they get that this is some­thing big­ger than us. My dad lis­tens to us all the time. It’s great, be­cause he’ll have us on Spo­tify and check out re­lated artists.”

ONE THING THAT RE­ALLY SCARES ME IS…

“Not do­ing enough. I’m scared about get­ting to the point where I’m too old, or where op­por­tu­ni­ties that were once avail­able are closed. I’m a big be­liever in try­ing ev­ery­thing, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing as much as I can, while I can. I feel like I’m do­ing okay at it, and I love my life at the mo­ment. I get to do what I love.”

THE THING THAT AL­WAYS MAKES ME LAUGH IS…

“Peo­ple falling over! I like dry hu­mour, but I love dumb stuff in gen­eral. there are def­i­nitely some [in the band] that like fart jokes, but as far as I’m con­cerned you just can’t beat some­one falling over! Watch­ing ‘Fail’ videos on Youtube is my guilty plea­sure.”

“I’M A BIG BE­LIEVER IN TRY­ING EV­ERY­THING…” ● HENRY COX ●

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