It’s kind of interesting that a band like The Boxer Rebellion would come off of the heels of the Radiohead‘s glory days only to fall into the same trap that their countrymen and predecessors did. (braces for oncoming fruit) The truth is that all of these bands have something in common. They released enjoyable music at one time, but have since fallen into mediocrity knowing that the hipster/intellectual followers that they have would stay true no matter how uninspired their music becomes.
Go back to 2010 when Union came out. The Boxer Rebellion was undoubtedly indie and, although Nathan Nicholson‘s voice isn’t exactly the liveliest you have ever heard, the music itself was solid. Whether it was the subtle, yet driving electric guitar or the marching drums that accompanied each track, the end product was both different and enjoyable.
Fast forward to Ocean by Ocean and Nicholson‘s vocals no longer has the support of the same elements that made Union so good. The percussion is softened, the guitar comes and goes and the songs themselves feel like space fillers. Sure, it’s decent to have playing in the background, but for the most part, it’s just that…ambient.
I know many of you stopped reading as soon as I took a bit of a dig at Radiohead, but sometimes I just feel like it doesn’t matter what these bands release, people will say they like them just because.
Ocean by Ocean isn’t horrendous by any stretch, but it’s not amazing by any stretch either.
Ocean by Ocean by The Boxer Rebellion is now available everywhere, included iTunes.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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