The Boxer Rebellion’s fifteen year career has spanned many albums and EPs, with a smattering of TV and soundtrack features, they’ve done well for themselves. With Ocean By Ocean being the boys’  first album in five years, this will really prove if they can stand the test of time and be relevant in this ever-changing musical landscape.


The motif of nature and the elements is present throughout the album.’Weapon’ starts things off, sweeping over you and pulling you and sweeping you off your feet, making you curious as to what the rest of the album holds. Sadly the aforementioned song is the only one will keep you spinning round, as the rest of the album sounds just like any other Indie band; a great exterior in the first few bars of the song, but a fairly average middle and ending.

‘Pull Yourself Together’ is an acoustic number, making the idea of being in the sea being taken away by the waves more visible, and making me seasick. It honestly sounds like something Keane couldn’t record because they were too busy. Their efforts to keep up great indie music is commendable, but Ocean By Ocean isn’t a great example of that.
If you want to listen to/buy Ocean By Ocean, you can do so on iTunes. Also watch the video for single ‘Big Ideas’, embedded below. Follow The Boxer Rebellion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what they’re up to.[youtube
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Happy Listening!
A K Jones

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