The Boxer Rebellion - Promises

Over the course of their first three albums, London's The Boxer Rebellion have tweaked the sound of what their bio refers to as "grand ambition" to find critical acceptance while building upon their staunchly D.I.Y. indie strategy. This is, it should be noted, the first band to break into the U.S. Top 100 albums chart for their breakout album Union without a physical CD release. But after tapping high-cred producer Ethan Johns for their dark, more organic-based The Cold Still, The Boxers have pretty much embraced their inner arena-rock gloss for their new aptly titled LP Promises. Produced by Billy Bush (Garbage) with the band, these eleven new songs are teeming with the big and the bright, epic anthems meant to rattle the rafters with sky-high melodies and rippling U2-meets-Coldplay riff-rock opulence. And guess what -- it works. No one will mistake the paint-by-numbers "Keep Moving" for overly edgy or arty adventure. But no one will deny the sheer rush of indulging in the comforts of that cool bassline intro, the Edge-like guitar pyrotechnics and vocalist Nathan Nicholson's perfectly pretty vocals. By the time the chorus hook drops it's almost an unnecessary embellishment. Stream the equally delectable "Diamonds" (and watch the video) below the digital fold...

The Boxer Rebellion - 'Keep Moving' (from Promises)

The Boxer Rebellion - 'Diamonds' (from Promises)