The Boxer Rebellion will release their new album Ghost Alive in March.
“This album was certainly born during a particularly challenging time for my family and I,” says frontman Nathan Nicholson. “Late one evening – right in the middle of pre-production – I was informed by telephone of my Dad’s passing. I was in London with my wife and son, and left first thing in the morning to fly back to Maryville, Tennessee, where I’m from.”
It follows the recent singles Love Yourself and What The Fuck, on which Nicholson has written some of his most deeply personal lyrics.
“When I returned to London I felt I had some sort of out-of-body experience – I came back with a different point of view, and all the unimportant shit in my life just faded away,” he continues. “Often fans come up to us after a show and tell us their personal feeling of a song, which is usually a wildly different interpretation than whatever I might have written about. That’s the really wonderful thing about songs – they can be deeply personal, and whatever the listener takes away from that one piece of music is what counts.”
“What is different about this record – this particular group of songs – is that they mean something completely different to me since my dad died. I almost feel like I’ve become the listener rather than the songwriter, and these songs mean more to me now than when they were written.”
The Boxer Rebellion play UK gigs next month at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club (24), Bristol Thekla (25), Manchester Deaf Institute (27) and London Islington Assembly Hall (28).