Boston Manor – Sundiver Blue & White Inkspot Vinyl


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Coming out on September 6th on Sharptone Records, Sundiver is Boston Manors fifth album and one that represents a glimmering dawn for the Blackpool fivepiece. Grown from a seedbed of optimism and sobriety, the LP celebrates new beginnings, second chances and rebirth. With two members recently stepping into fatherhood, hope is baked into every note. Datura came out of these really dark few years over the hangover of the pandemic, Henry reflects. I039d been struggling a lot with drinking and not taking care of myself and bad mental health and stuff. We wanted Sundiver to be the next morning of the following day. He explains that it feels good this time round to write through the lens of positivity. The themes began to emerge, of rebirth, spring, dawn, sunshine and then other elements just started to fit into that. It was during the making of Sundiver that Henry found out he was going to be a dad. This album is a significant one for the band. Originally coming out of the emo and pop punk scene, theyve explored sonics and genres throughout their career, taken risks and achieved more than they could ever had dreamed of. Theyve grown up as Boston Manor their lives and the world changing around them. Theyre now taking stock, at a crossroads of the band they were and the band they could be.While writing the album, they revisited the bands that shaped them in the late 90s and early 00s. I was listening to the music I loved when I was a teenager and I just thought, why don039t we make music like our favourite bands, guitarist Mike Cuniff remembers with a smile. So we brought our interests to the table that way. Y2K kind of vibe. There are elements of Deftones, there are elements of Portishead in there, some Garbage, The Cardigans. He laughs and adds NSYNC to the list of inspirations. From this cocktail of classics comes a dynamic and ambitious record, rich with depth, groove and more hooks than Peter Pans nightmares. Lyrics that foxtrot from parallel universes to personal growth, vivid dreamscapes to raw grief. Individually theyre single strokes full of meaning and magic. Together theyre a landscape.Container out Feb 15th is the first single and its them at their best impassioned and infectious. This song is about the stagnancy of life creeping up on you amp how that can bring about change., Henry explains, citing Ocean Song by US band Daughters as an inspiration.The concept of the butterfly effect is present on Sundiver how small actions can lead to big changes. This is no clearer than on their second single, Sliding Doors out April 5th. It has the golden sound of late 90s Lollapalooza rock think Smashing Pumpkins rebooted with crisp 2024 production and a potent heaviness. In the lyrics Henry wonders, what if, pondering on what could be. The idea that there are infinite versions of you whose lives splinter off in different directions at every decision you make. That theres another you out there somewhere right now reading this sentence, and another me writing it. So much is down to chance and circumstance, Henry says. You might catch that train and your life totally changes. Or you might miss it and things stay the way they are.Heat Me Up out May 30th is defiant and victorious, the audio equivalent of quitting your shit job and driving into the hot summer sun with a head full of dreams. The lyrics are about love and gratitude, Henry shares. Another theme on the record is just appreciating what you have. Its about not taking for granted the things that you039ve been afforded.There was some natural magic in the creation of Sundiver. They worked with their usual producer, Larry Hibbitt, and engineer, Alex ODonovan, but instead of recording in London again they ended up in the green pastures of Welwyn Garden City. Because Larry lives out in the countryside now, it was a way different environment and way different experience recording this time, Mike remembers. That contributed a lot to the brighter sound of the record. The daily barbecues they had during their recording sessions imbued the process with harmony five old friends spending quality time together and making quality music.However, the album is by no means onenote. Birthing this new world theyve created wasnt without its pain, and that can be heard in the heavier moments on Sundiver. What Is Taken Will Never Be Lost is the moststripped back on the album, a slow rock number seasoned with the downtempo Portishead influence. The heartfelt lyrics are Henrys way of processing the loss of his grandfather, who died in a hospice last year. It was just fucking horrible. It was always cold when I went there and they were always trying to get rid of me. The song title, What Was Taken Can Ever Be Lost, is the idea of his memory fading at the time because of dementia. Henry goes onto explain that shoeboxes of photographs, diaries and a legacy is what hes left behind. He lived a really rich life and it has really impacted me and my father. His legacy is etched into the fabric of history in a very small way. This song continues the connection between his grandfather and the band, as his painted face is emblazoned on the cover of the very first Boston Manor EP, Driftwood. As well as emotionally heavy themes, theres heaviness in the music of Sundiver too. The closing song, Oil In My Blood, descends into an intense shoegaze outro with Debbie Gough from Heriot screaming hellfire. Its in moments like this that the band show us aggression and fury can be as much a part of positive change as quiet introspection. The last lyrics of the song, It resets and starts again, leaves us in contemplation as the final chord rings out.Touring the US, Europe and Japan over the years makes for an impressive CV, but if you know anything about Boston Manor youll know that theyre all about their hometown. Their choice to work with Blackpoolbased photographer Nick Barkworth is testament to that. Theyve been working with him since the pandemic. He captures Blackpool in a light that really reflects the weirdness and quirkiness of the town, Henry says. He039s got a really good way of presenting that. For the Sundiver cover, Nick photographed a 30ft tall abstract glass sculpture made by the local artist John Ditchfield. A striking and bewitching monolith thats familiar to them but unusual to most people. It has such kind of a gravity and power to it, Henry describes the sculpture which stands in a field just outside of the seaside town. It reminds me of either an explosion or a star or a supernova. To me it represents new life, power and radiance. Boston Manor have got a knack for that connecting the otherworldly and the everyday, the stars and the streets.Theyre a band known for using their music to make bigger statements about society. This time round theyre harnessing the uplifting power of music, and the communion it creates, as an antidote to the daily doom and isolation. It seems like absolute chaos out there at the moment, Henry says. Youve got Gaza and Israel, you039ve got Russia, you039ve got the fact that 40 of the world is going to have an election this year and increasingly most governments are leaning very far to the Right. The internet is dividing everybody, people are getting poorer and more desperate. It039s really, really scary. They considered trying to tackle the weight of it all in their music. We couldve written Welcome to the Neighbourhood on steroids, where it039s just absolute darkness and misery. Hes referring to their 2018 concept album that deals with class, inequality and the bleaker side of Blackpool. But I think it039s really important to write something that people can be immersed in and find some sort of solace in. Somewhere they can escape to from the modern day pressures and everything thats going on. Were all in this together. Boston Manor Vinyl is available for home delivery from Vinyl Records London, only £28 +P&P

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