“Standing together to show life is always worth living” THE BOXER REBELLION’S ‘Open Arms’

REACHING one hand into the future and pulling the past along with the other, transatlantic post-rockers, THE BOXER REBELLION have just released their four-track ‘Open Arms EP.’

(The Boxer Rebellion – ‘Open Arms’ Live, Paradiso, Amsterdam)

It’s another beautiful haul from their seam of expansive, soul-searching songwriting and with the addition of the emotive title track, the four throw the spotlight on human fragility and the help anyone may need when contentment feels a world away.

“’Open Arms’ started life a few years ago when we as a band visited CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) who, in their words are “taking a stand against suicide,” said singer, Nathan Nicholson. “That means standing against feeling shit, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living.
“It was eye opening and also something that I can very much relate to through the experiences in my own family. ‘Open Arms’ is about the power of being there for someone, listening without judgment and letting them know that they are loved.”

Unhurried and intimate, and with Nicholson’s words tenderly placed over the restrained instrumentation from band mates Adam Harrison (bass), Piers Hewitt (drums) and Andrew Smith (lead guitar), ‘Open Arms’ reflects the band’s collective humanity.

Throughout 2024 The Boxer Rebellion and their fans can look forward as well as back. New music collides with the 15th anniversary of ‘Union,’ their history-making second, and first self-released album, reissued for the first time on vinyl last year.

‘Union’s’ unorthodox, independent release saw it become the first album to break into the Billboard Album Chart as a digital only release.

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