Boston Manor made their come back to Edinburgh on the 13th of November and Andrzej Caba was there to spectate the pop punk chaos.
It is Wednesday evening and even though it may seem like attendance should not be too big, La Belle Angèle is packed and the reason for that becomes clear, the second the band hits the stage. However, before that happens, there are supporting acts giving everything they have to set up the mood for the evening.
Right after the doors open a Brighton trio called Gender Roles make their Edinburgh debut. They sound like an indie-punk equivalent of Crywank and even though hearts of everyone in the venue went to the headliner, it was them who stole mine. Right after them, Modern Error take over and in a surprising, yet fitting way swift the mood by delivering metalcore carnage in vein of Parkway Drive and August Burns Red.
It is almost 9PM and the crowd is starting to gather closer and closer to the stage. Out of the darkness, five figures appear and they are welcomed really enthusiastically. They open the show with Liquid and it is obvious why the venue is full despite the fact that it is Wednesday. In a split second everybody rushes forward. The incredibly strong bond between the band and the fans is undeniable. It is impossible to spot somebody at the front who is not screaming all the lyrics at the top of their lungs. One could think it only happens because the band is playing one of their biggest hits, but it occurs on every song. This phenomena of unity is indisputable in the punk scene and Boston Manor are there to carry this torch for many years to come.
As crazy as it sound, they are still a modern pop punk band at heart. Even during a live performance, their sound is very clear and polished. All the band members are jumping all around the stage, but they are able to keep a very tight performance and hence provide a powerful and extremely energetic show. The singer Henry Cox is the link between what is happening in the crowd and on the stage. Even though he is not jumping the barricade like for example Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré, he still does a very good job in linking the fans and the band. Between the songs, he makes fun conversation with the audience, while everyone takes a break from ripping through the setlist at over 100% power.
The setlist, which is clearly thought out and organized so the singalong anthems at mid tempo are mixed with more powerful and faster songs. The concert reaches the peak intensity when Boston Manor play Laika and the sense of community gets even stronger than before. Before the band continues with the final song, Henry explains that there will not be any encores because they ”are not f***ing Guns N Roses” and promises to come back very soon. They play Halo and everyone in the venue gives their last bits of energy. As the concert ends, everybody is tired but very clearly satisfied, because they have just experienced a truly thrilling experience at the pop punk funhouse with Boston Manor.
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