PURE NOISE / SONY
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.