02 May 2005 (released)
02 May 2005
The Boxer Rebellion are Tennessee born vocalist Nathan Nicholson, Australian-born Todd Howe (lead guitar), London based Adam Harrison (bass) and fellow Londoner Piers Hewitt (drums). Signed by Alan McGee for his Poptones label The Boxer Rebellion"s debut album is a mixture of abrasive guitars riffs, threatening bass lines, pounding drums and emotionally charged vocals.
â€˜Fight" kicks of the album with an aggressive burbling bass line and a menacing undertone reminiscent of The Cooper Temple Clause. â€˜All You Do Is Talk" is a feverish slow burning hypnotic experience before blazing forth into a coral guitar frenzy. The single â€˜Watermelon" is another furious highlight in an album that leaves little unnecessary excess with which to chew the critical cud. Mellower numbers include the haunting â€˜World Without End", which floats eerily and melodically through pastures Radiohead have previously furrowed. â€˜Never Knowing How Or Why" further complements the vocal harmonies of Nathan Nicholson with comparisons to Thom Yorke himself while Todd Howe"s guitar continues tingling the senses.
â€˜Exits" delivers all it set out to and more. Toxic, dark and malevolent whilst inviting, quiet and conciliatory, it beckons further plays.