Thursday, July 3, 2008

Reviews:: Boxer the Horse The Late Show


I will work harder. Those simple words were the identity of Orwell's classic character from Animal Farm and the namesake of this young band from PEI. While rock n' roll is said to be the voice of the working class and becoming a successful band takes an insane amount of thankless work, it's hard to imagine this poppy quintet plodding forward, blindly focused on completing their tasks, simply for the greater good of the common class.

No, instead of relying on muscular, rehashed riffs, the band seems determined to form their own sound and make a name for themselves and when you consider that the band is only about a year old and comes from a province known mostly for Anne of Green Gables, I think they are well on their way. In fact, the band sounds like they should have come from across the pond instead of the Confederation Bridge, but they don't misstep once on "The Late Show." There are struck with a sense of comfort when they start playing. While that could be said about most bands with heavy doses of synths, group vocals and a mix of acoustic and electric, but you never feel like the guys are aping what they think will sell.

And while it's easy to heap compliments and potential on a new band, there are a few things that make you think BtH might just have what it takes to become more than just another blogger fav. Sure they can force you out of your seats - Jackson Leftfield is infectious and the subtle grit of Rocknroll Band shows the band could at some point have the strength to play on a much bigger stage - but they can also control the crowd with a slow burner like Lenny was a Moonshiner or a sing along waiting to happen like Snowflake. They already have a collection of songs that lend themselves to a great set full of climaxes and cool downs, and they are only one EP in.

But what really makes the songs for me is the way elements are combined to make something new. Liberal use of harmonica, acoustic and electric is nothing new, but Boxer the Horse is able to escape the inevitable sounds-like comparisons (although Boneyard does sound like a mix of Franz and the Fab Four), even when they are using more traditional sounds (like the Dylan-y intro on Rocknroll band) which is quite remarkable for such a young band.

Basically, the six song EP is a terrific display of what is missing from Indie rock these days (at least on the East Coast). The twenty minutes fly by without giving you a chance to breath and shows incredible promise. Who knows? When it's all said and done, the revisionists might simply decree that, "Boxer was always right."

Posted at 7:39 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

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