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“Pop-punk is a dead genre,” spits Bos­ton Manor front­man Henry Cox.

“I’m bored to tears with it and I think other peo­ple will be, too, soon.the pop-punk re­vival that hap­pened was 10 years ago, so I don’t know why peo­ple are still talk­ing about it.”

If you’ve seen the Bos­ton Manor name bandied about over the past cou­ple of years, chances are it’s come with the ‘pop-punk’ la­bel at­tached. their de­but al­bum Be Noth­ing might have been a slightly darker, more vis­ceral take on the genre, but if you were go­ing to park it any­where, it would prob­a­bly be there.

“I’m not that fussed about la­bels and if you do like pop-punk, I’m not say­ing your mu­sic taste is shit, it’s just my per­sonal pref­er­ence,” Henry con­cedes. “and I do think we were a pop-punk band, es­pe­cially on our ear­lier ma­te­rial. We’ve branched fur­ther away from that the longer we’ve gone on, but it’s en­tirely sub­jec­tive.”

Wher­ever you try to place them, how­ever, Henry can smell change in the air. His own band is, he says, in a cur­rent state of flux and he thinks that there are other, more seis­mic shifts on the way.

“I think this whole thing that we call rock mu­sic is chang­ing,” he nods. “the dy­ing em­bers of what the al­ter­na­tive rock scene has been for the past 20 years are start­ing to end, and I think there’s no mould set yet for how this genre’s go­ing to evolve. there’s a bunch of bands that are go­ing to start set­ting their own prece­dents for this ex­cit­ing new fore­front of what al­ter­na­tive rock mu­sic – what­ever that means – is go­ing to be.and I want our band to be a part of it.”

Bos­ton Manor’s as-yet-un­ti­tled sec­ond al­bum, which they’re due to start record­ing in the States in the next cou­ple of weeks, will be the acid test when it comes to the band’s pro­gres­sion. Henry is a bit cagey when it comes to pin­ning the sound down, though he does say that it will be “heav­ier”.


“It’s def­i­nitely an evo­lu­tion, which is a lit­tle nerve-wrack­ing. It’s dif­fer­ent, and I hope that peo­ple en­joy it, but even if they don’t I’m re­ally proud of the songs we’ve writ­ten,” he adds.

If re­cent sin­gle Drowned In Gold is any­thing to go by, we’re in for some­thing spe­cial.the singer de­scribes the song as a step­ping-stone be­tween their de­but and the up­com­ing al­bum, and while it boasts a fa­mil­iar melodic streak, it also ex­hibits a more so­phis­ti­cated, yet vis­ceral pulse.

Have no doubts: Bos­ton Manor are set to make a big splash in 2018.

In 2017, your chances to see Bos­ton Manor on home soil were limited as they toured the U.S. three times, in­clud­ing a sum­mer stint on the penul­ti­mate Vans Warped Tour. In fact, Henry says he spent more time in Amer­ica than he did back in the UK, but there were a cou­ple of very im­por­tant, land­mark ap­pear­ances on home shores that un­der­lined just what a vi­tal force the quin­tet have be­come.

The first was at Slam Dunk, where they turned in a series of ex­plo­sive, scene-steal­ing shows. “they were mas­sive au­di­ences that re­sponded to us and it was more than we could ever have hoped for,” grins Henry. “it was a big in­di­ca­tor that we must be do­ing some­thing right, be­cause peo­ple gave a shit. It was like a huge home­com­ing be­cause we’d been away for so long and I had a fuck­ing blast. We called our par­ents af­ter we got off­stage from the first one, just to tell them how sick it was.”

The sec­ond was as part of the Ker­rang! Tour that rounded off the year.the jaunt was head­lined by Aussies The Amity Af­flic­tion, but else­where it was a show­case of UK ta­lent, with Casey from Wales, vukovi from Scot­land and Bos­ton Manor rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land and their home­town of Black­pool. It would be a push to say they stole Amity’s thun­der ev­ery night, but if you went to any of the shows, you had to have been im­pressed by the sheer en­ergy and sense of fer­vour that they whipped up.

“They were great shows,” Henry says. “be­cause the UK’S such a small place, it’s a melt­ing pot of dif­fer­ent sounds and bands, and mix­ing it up seems to work re­ally well. that’s what Ker­rang! does re­ally well, and it was great to be a part of the tour.”

Now it’s about build­ing upon that.and Bos­ton Manor have al­ready come a long way in a rel­a­tively short space of time. Henry says that he’d back them as work­ing harder than al­most any other act at their level, and that he can count the amount of days he didn’t do any band-re­lated work over the past year on the fingers of two hands. they’ve even done gigs where they’re play­ing for the sound­man and the other acts, and he re­calls one show in Wales when they ended up play­ing a metal all-dayer.

“We played to two guys and they lit­er­ally had their backs turned to us as if to say, ‘fuck you! You’re not a metal band.’ And then our van broke down on the way home and we had to push it for half a mile through the Welsh coun­try­side. that was a shit day,” Henry laughs.

The early stages of the road to rock star­dom can be a mix­ture of grit and tacky glam­our – much like Bos­ton Manor’s home­town in fact.

“Black­pool’s fuck­ing weird, man. Glit­ter and grit is a great way to de­scribe it,” nods Henry.

“You can see it in the sum­mer and think it’s a boom­ing town, but peo­ple don’t see it now when it’s all shut­tered up for miles. It’s not the most for­giv­ing place, and it’s not the warm­est – in a lit­eral or metaphor­i­cal sense. I think it gives you a stiff up­per lip kind of vibe, but it also has a long his­tory of en­ter­tain­ment and weirdo cul­ture, and we’re a prod­uct of all of that.”

So, that’s where they come from, but where are Bos­ton Manor go­ing?

“We spent a year do­ing the ground­work, so hope­fully this is the year we fi­nally plant our flag in the ground and be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture in peo­ple’s mu­si­cal tastes,” says Henry.

That, how­ever, is prob­a­bly the very least this most ex­cit­ing of bands can ex­pect…

They do like to be be­side the sea­side… prom­ise

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