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Boxer: UndertowUndertow (2012)
Reveille Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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If you like punk rock, and haven't checked out Boxer before, I strongly recommend that you do. Self-released in February and recently picked up by Reveille Records in the U.S., their new E.P. Undertow is a stampede through five tracks of fast, passionate punk rock lasting a mere 13 minutes. What a g.
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If you like punk rock, and haven't checked out Boxer before, I strongly recommend that you do. Self-released in February and recently picked up by Reveille Records in the U.S., their new E.P. Undertow is a stampede through five tracks of fast, passionate punk rock lasting a mere 13 minutes. What a great 13 minutes, though.

Track one, "Anagram," kicks us off with raw vocals, catchy guitar hooks and chunky bass and drum combinations, setting the tone for the rest of the record. What follows does not disappoint. "Homesick" and "20/20" hold up the standard set, where "Lost Cause" (possibly my favorite track) leaps the mark and is even more furious than its predecessors. "Medicine Cabinet" gives us the same abrasive vocals, but because of the backing vocals in the chorus it sounds fuller. It feels like what has been an unrelenting musical force on display throughout the E.P. has reached its plateau and it rounds off the record nicely.

No loose ends are left and it doesn't sound "unfinished," like there should be more. Although, really, I wish there was, because its quality stuff and I can't wait to hear more from them.

 

 
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damo (August 22, 2012)

is this the same Boxer that were on Vagrant Records?

longshot (August 21, 2012)

Sheesh. "SMOKING Popes." I wish you could edit on this site.

longshot (August 21, 2012)

Yeah, halfway through the first track, I realized this wasn't the same Boxer from the 90's Vagrant days. However, I did find yet ANOTHER band named Boxer with a totally different sound than the two already mentioned. It can get kinda sad-bastard-y, but I actually quite liked it. Sounds a little like Smoke Popes and sometimes has hints of Manchester Orchestra. Other parts made me think of Troubled Hubble. Some kinda jangly, quasi-airy guitars, but some really solid melodies to accompany. I swear to God I don't know these guys or anything, it's just fun to randomly stumble upon some good music without some review or critic to give me a frame of perspective.

http://boxermemphis.bandcamp.com/album/boxer-ep

waytansea27 (August 21, 2012)

Just a heads up, this is not the Boxer that was on Vagrant. Different band entirely. Give them a listen though, they are still badass.

twstdbydsn (August 21, 2012)

I had no clue they got back together!
Stoked to hear this now.

thegooch (August 21, 2012)

My favorite of the Vagrant Records bands.

thirtyseconds (August 21, 2012)

It was always just you and me singing FUCK YOU AND EVERYBODY!

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