Boston Manor are back and ready to give fans some brand new, moody tunes. On Monday (June 11), the British band announced the upcoming release of their sophomore album. Tiled Welcome to the Neighbourhood, the album is due out Sept. 7 through Pure Noise Records.
The forthcoming record was produced by Mike Sapone whose resume includes Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, and Public Enemy. Pre-orders for Welcome to the Neighbourhood can be found here.
According to a press release from the band, the album is a “soundtrack to disenfranchisement set in a fictionalized version of the band’s hometown” of Blackpool. The world where Welcome to the Neighbourhood takes place in is one that is bleak with poverty, drug addition, boarded up shops, and a population suck in an unsavory predicament that they cannot seem to escape.
“In the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Blackpool was this booming town. It was a holiday destination, a place where you can go to forget all your troubles,” explains vocalist Henry Cox. “Now things here are just so fucked up – there are huge drug problems and a 40 percent unemployment rate in the winter. It was once this beautiful thing and it’s become a little bit broken.”
In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, Boston Manor also unleashed the music video for the album’s lead single, “Halo.” According to Cox, the song almost didn’t make it onto the record.
“‘Halo’ almost got scrapped and didn’t make the album,” the singer admits. “It was a totally different song, much slower and moodier. About a month before we went into the studio, we reworked it entirely and it morphed into this current incarnation. It’s a song about feeling trapped; being in a vicious cycle and not knowing if there’ll ever be a way out.”
Watch the music video for “Halo” above.
In support of Welcome to the Neighbourhood’s release, Boston Manor will embark on a United Kingdom/European headlining tour. The trek will find the band performing at venues across the U.K. and Europe during the months of September and October. The tour will begin on Sept. 21 at Thekla in Bristol and conclude a few weeks later on Oct. 13 at Feierwerk + Hansa 39 (Uncle M event) in Munich. The complete list of fall tour dates can be found here.