Ian Hates Boston Manor's 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood'

Ian Hates Boston Manor's 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood'

Boston Manor - Welcome To The Neighbourhood

Pure Noise Records

13 tracks (1 Interlude)

Pop-punk has been on an upswing for the last few years with mainstays and newcomers alike, but, whenever the scene goes through a revamped pop-punk cycle, the music can start to sound very similar. It becomes harder to differentiate yourself from the pack and “make your mark”. Luckily for all of us, there’s Blackpool’s Boston Manor.

Now, saying, Boston Manor, fits comfortably into only the pop-punk genre would be doing them a disservice. They’ve always been good at mixing genres like post-hardcore, pop-rock, and maybe even some emo, to form a really great amalgamation in the "pop-punk" scene. For more reference, you can always go back and listen to their breakthrough debut full-length, ‘Be Nothing’ out on Pure Noise Records. Of course, we’re not here to talk about ‘Be Nothing’ necessarily, but it serves as a great precursor to what ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ is.

And that brings us to ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’, the sophomore full-length release from Boston Manor, through Pure Noise Records. I have to admit, I have been looking forward to this album since I first heard ‘Be Nothing’ and saw the lads (I’ll use the British term, why not?) at a small, cluttered, art gallery playing alongside Rarity, Broadside, and Like Pacific. A great mix of post-hardcore, emo, and pop-punk all under one art-lined roof. It was my first experience of Boston Manor live, but it definitely won't be my last.

The album begins with the title track as the intro, but once you hear the ominous tone that’s set from the start, you realize the song is more of a warning than a welcome. Tone plays a big role in WTTN, often haunting intros lead to catchy choruses, with the appearance of some unclean vocals from time to time to keep the listener on their toes. There’s even the semblance of some breakdowns, although lighter than a metalcore band, they’ll no doubt get the crowds moving (see ‘Flowers In Your Dustbin’) if they weren't already.  

Throughout the album, Boston Manor keep you guessing as they weave in and out of bitterness and radio-friendly addictiveness. You’ll find yourself bouncing around and shaking your shoulders even though you know the lyrics aren’t necessarily for body-moving joy. But, that doesn’t seem to matter as you navigate through the album, because each track leads you deeper into this bouncy ominous world Boston Manor has created.

It might sound strange to some, but I often heard some The Amity Affliction-esque melodies in ‘Be Nothing’, so in WTTN, I’ll continue the strangeness and say that in certain tracks you can hear Marilyn Manson-esque and Bring Me The Horizon-esque melodies (see ‘Funeral Party’ for a prime example). Not exactly what you’d expect in a pop-punk album, but that’s what will keep Boston Manor relevant in a sea of the similar.

WTTN is fast paced at times, bold, catchy (of course), and it keeps your attention with the storyline it creates because, for one, it's different than anything you've heard. If your heart isn't out of your chest by the final track it certainly will be as the semi-acoustic, epic sounding, 'The Day I Ruined Your Life' ends with a chorus of repeating shouts of "The day that I ruin your life" to the final guitar pick.

In music, people often bring up that the second album for a band makes or break them. I don’t necessarily agree with that statement in all cases, but if it is true, then Boston Manor have cemented themselves as a must-hear band with ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’. It’s one of the most compelling “pop-punk” albums of 2018 and one that begs to be dissected over and over again, and at this time in music, that's the highest compliment you can achieve.

What was Grey Sorenson Listening to in 2017?

What was Grey Sorenson Listening to in 2017?

Ian here:

Hello everyone! I don't always use the Ian Hates Blog, but when I do, you know it's going to be important! I hope all of you got a chance to listen to the Anniversary shows for this year! Obviously, I said "shows" because the show was so big I had to split it into parts! Tonight, I'm here to talk to you about Part 2 when Grey Sorenson of Charlatan showed up and knocked it out of the park!

We started talking music (as we're known to do), and Grey went into everything he had been listening to in 2017 and let me tell you, it's an eclectic mix! He had so many, that a lot of people asked for a list and that's exactly what I've done. Also, note, these aren't only albums that came out in 2017, they're albums Grey discovered for the first time (or re-discovered)! 

Without further ado, here they are:

Artist - Album/EP

  • Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope

  • '68 - Two Parts Viper

  • Bent Knee - Land Animal

  • Charlatan - Remarkable

  • Code Orange - Forever

  • Pink Floyd - The Wall

  • Color Revolt - The Cradle

  • Crash Kings - Crash Kings

  • Dog Fashion Disco - Erotic Massage

  • Doom Side of the Moon - Doom Side of the Moon

  • Enter Shikari - The Spark

  • Every Time I Die - Low Teens

  • Far From Alaska - Unlikely

  • Greta Van Fleet - Black Smoke Rising

  • Highly Suspect - The Boy Who Died Wolf

  • Man Man - Rabbitt Habits

  • Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?

  • Incubus - 8

  • The Taxpayers - "God, Forgive These Bastards"...

  • Vada Wave - Out of Body

  • Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - High Visceral (B-Sides)

  • Amigo the Devil - Decompositions

  • Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being

  • Dodie - You

  • Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

  • Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana

  • Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom

  • Shone - Heat Thing

  • Small Leaks Sink Ships - Oak Street Basement

And there you have it! It'll take you a year to listen to all that music! 

Make sure to support Grey Sorenson by following the links below and thank him for his great list!

Thanks so much once again to Grey Sorenson of Charlatan for coming on Ian Hates Music! The first person to be featured on EVERY iteration of Ian Hates Shows (including the blog)!

Do yourself a favor and go listen to all the other episodes Grey has featured on! 

Long days and pleasant nights.

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Ian Hates Movies - Announcement

Ian Hates Movies - Announcement

Hello all,

Ian here. As you've grown used to, Ian Hates Movies has always been a weekly show. And, as you're probably aware, Kelly and I don't get paid for doing the show and I have three podcasts I normally release weekly (Ian Hates Music and Ian Hates Music Conversation Edition). Unfortunately, without help, I am no longer able to keep this schedule. There's literally not enough time in the day. I won't bore you with the details of how long it takes to put out a quality podcast and the money it takes to keep it going. Let's just say it's a lot of both.

This was certainly not an easy decision, but in order to balance life a bit, the announcement I'm making today is: Ian Hates Movies will move from a weekly show to a MONTHLY show for the foreseeable future. Kelly and I are certainly not giving up on the show and we're very thankful for everyone who listens and enjoys the show on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this is the way it has to be for now. We will advertise when the new episodes will be out, but as of now, there won't be a set schedule for release. Hopefully, things will change in the future, but until then...

Long days and pleasant nights,

Ian

Hey everyone Nerdygirlivy (Kelly) here, Yes sad to say Ian hates Movies will going to a monthly show, but not to worry we are working one new stuff and will be keeping you posted! ....

All love to the best fans, the Haters!

Nerdygirlivy

Crystal Lake - True North - Interview

Crystal Lake - True North - Interview

Ian here! I know you're used to hearing my voice, but today, we're trying something a bit different. We've been talking about Crystal Lake, the four-piece Japanese metal band, on the weekly show Ian Hates Music with Jackson and I for a while now. They just released their fourth album True North through Artery Recordings and I was given the opportunity to ask vocalist Ryo Kinoshita and guitarist Yudai Miyamoto (YD) some questions before the big release! Check them out below!

First off, I’ve listened to your new album True North many times already and I’ve very much enjoyed it. Congratulations on continuing to put out quality music to the scene. I think that’s a good place to start. I hear a mix of a few different genres in True North including metalcore, alternative, hardcore, and nu metal influences, which is very refreshing. Was that an organic process while making this album or was it planned?

YD: We made clear what we really want to express and what kind of music we can be really proud of before we actually start writing songs.  As the result, we realized what we wanted to play was what we've been listening and various kinds of music related to the culture around us.   This realization made us free to write what we really like.

After making a mark on the American scene with The Sign, what was your mindset while making True North?

Ryo: We just wanted to make our sound more unique as a japanese band, especially its exotic melody and rhythm.

Of course, we wanted to make it heavier and more melodic sound.

With the shifts in genres in True North, was there an overall theme or message you want the listener to receive while listening?

Ryo: ”No matter what surrounds us changes, this is us.  This is the way we are.”

I was very impressed with the technical abilities showcased in True North, was there anything that each of you worked on and really wanted to showcase in this album?

Ryo: I want to show not only technics of growl and guttural but the wide range of voice as a vocalist.

The band has been around for a long time now, with member changes of course, but with such an extensive catalogue, how do you choose which songs to play? What is a favorite for each of you to play live?

Ryo: We always have trouble in choosing which songs to play.  We often change the set list right before the show.  My favorite song is ”Dreamcatcher”.  The rapping part is so hard to sing but always fun.

YD: I would choose new songs because they are made by our latest ideas and passion.  But we sometimes try to understand what kids want to hear and choose old songs.  I personally like 'New Romancer' and 'Waves'.

On the subject of touring, what’s the major difference for you between touring in Japan and touring overseas? Do you have any plans to tour the states in 2017? If so, I hope you come to Boston so I can see you live!

Ryo: Japanese wants messages and meaning from what we say, not what we sing about. On the other hand, I think people in overseas are hungry for music. They react directly.

Ryo: I'd love to!   I've wanted to see how the reactions in the states would be.  Can't wait to see people waiting for us.

For the end of a conversation, I like to switch it up from music because I have some other shows I do as well. I’m also interested in many different genres of movies. Do each of you have a recommendation for best movie of 2016 in your opinion?

Ryo: Definitely ”Your Name”.  ”Star Wars: Rogue One” will be the next.

YD: It's little bit difficult to pick up one but 'Sing Street'. It reminds me of youth.

Lastly, a weird one (laughing). As a touring band going all over the world, do you have a plan if the zombie apocalypse happens?

Ryo: I will become a zombie and eat away people without hesitation.  I will slit your guts.

Thank you very much to Ryo and YD of Crystal Lake for taking their time to get in touch with me! Make sure to support Crystal Lake by following these links:

http://merchnow.com/catalogs/crystal-lake

https://www.facebook.com/crystallake777/

http://crystallake.jp/

https://crystallake-band.bandcamp.com/

http://arteryrecordings.com/artists/crystal-lake/

And, for the full review of True North, tune into Ian Hates Music podcast/show! You can find everything Ian Hates here:

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Ty's Resignation from Ian Hates Music

Ty's Resignation from Ian Hates Music

Hello to all the Haters out there.

This is Ty speaking. Just wanted to get it out there before people get confused and start having panic attacks and questions coming in left and right. As of lately, I have decided to step down from being 1/3 of The Core on Ian Hates Music. The decision has been thought of for quite some time and me along with the brothers, that being Ian and Coldplay and Twenty One Pilots fanboy Jackson, have discussed it and they respect my decision and are going to continue on providing you with good quality shows and interviews you all have grown to love. And no, we don't hate each other. It's all family here at Ian Hates and I wish Ian and Jackson nothing but the best and hopefully we all can grow as we move along and you all are welcome with open arms to grow with us all. BUT, me stepping down from the Core isn't the end for me. As far as me and the guys are concerned, I am still a part of the family and I will be continuing The Ty_RockCity Music/Entertainment Blog and hopefully my writings will make it on the website for your reading pleasure in the next coming weeks. Also, I'm welcoming hater/listener questions so I can answer them on the website as well. So keep supporting Ian Hates and myself, keep listening, keep subscribing, and I'll be in touch with you all soon.

Expect nothing less, hardcore lives, nothing but the best and vice versa,
Ty