In an industry replete with egoism, showmanship and self-aggrandisement, The Boxer Rebellion have always remained refreshingly understated, whilst producing a musical output that is anything but. Comprising a line-up that neither eschews nor basks in the spotlight, what you get with this band more than any other is a sense of shared purpose – a unity impervious to external influence or critical sloganeering, which divides itself into equally vital parts of a greater whole.
Following their most successful year to date, London-based alt-rock quartet The Boxer Rebellion just released their third studio album on February 8th. Created in conjunction with legendary producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), "The Cold Still" is an exercise in master class performances and dark, sophisticated songwriting from a band that embodies the very definition of “independent.”
The album’s release marks the next stage of an incredible musical journey for Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson, Australian Todd Howe, and Englishmen Adam Harrison and Piers Hewitt. Recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, "The Cold Still" is the follow-up to the band’s widely acclaimed album "Union" which caught the world’s attention as the first self-released LP in history to break into the Billboard Top 100 Album Charts on digital sales alone. "Union" also charted Top 5 on the iTunes Album Charts in both the US and UK. By the end of 2009, iTunes US named "Union" their “Alternative Album of the Year.” Whether it be their chart successes, their unprecedented on-camera appearance in the recently released Drew Barrymore/Justin Long film “Going The Distance,” or their recent 20 date packed-out US tour, The Boxer Rebellion continue to push boundaries with unwavering perseverance.
Their new LP, "The Cold Still," is certain to captivate an army of music fans around the world. Epic and intimate in equal measure, it is a breathtaking album, bristling with tense passion, gargantuan riffs, and heartrending lyrics, all with an effortless grace that has become The Boxer Rebellion’s trademark. As a whole, "The Cold Still" embodies the band’s alluring approach to songwriting as well as their relentless live spirit.
"The Cold Still," released on the band’s own Absentee Recordings label, is the next spellbinding chapter in the life of a band who have rewritten the rules from the start - for The Boxer Rebellion, what’s past is prologue...
"Arena-sized rock music, redolent of The Bends-era Radiohead and full of shimmering grace." -Q
"A true monolith of self-belief and talent." -The Fly
"Epic and impassioned. Songs of monumental quality." -Kerrang
"Songs clearly designed to reduce stadia to rubble." -Clash
"Dripping with achingly beautiful tunes." -Artrocker
"If you’re crying out for substance in music, The Boxer Rebellion are here to soothe your soul." -Kerrang
"Flawless melodic escapism that plunges so deep it should come equipped with a bungie rope." -The Fly Magazine
"Pathological noise-rush warfare. This band can alter your life." -NME