Boxer
Undertow


3.5
great

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
March 17th, 2012 | 16 replies | 1,721 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aggressive pop punk that is easy to come by, but hard to pass up.

In the technology-laden present day, most of us do not go more than 24 hours at a time without being connected to the internet in one way or another. Though our dependency on the World Wide Web seems to disconnect us from the real, tangible world of music, social networking sites, message boards, and music blogs are undeniably convenient means of both discovering and sharing new music by bands that would otherwise go unnoticed outside of their local scenes. In fact, I stumbled across one of last year’s biggest and best surprises, Joyce Manor, after Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore recommended them via a post on Twitter. In the same way, a Facebook post from up-and-coming pop punk band, Turnover, lead me to discover sonically similar, Richmond, VA based Boxer, an energetic group whose debut EP, Undertow, shows a huge amount of potential.

Undertow had been a long time in the making, and was released early this year despite a previously projected release date of July 2011. For a self-released EP, the production is ultra-crisp all around, with notably powerful drum and bass tones. The five tracks combine pop punk, emo, and alternative music in a fashion similar to Deja Entendu-era Brand New, but with an edge comparable to contemporary groups such as Title Fight or Such Gold.

A dual vocal approach featuring a more nasally, melodic voice and a hearty yelling tone in contrast adds to the band’s versatility and allows Boxer to create a range of emotions throughout the EP. While the first and catchiest track, “Anagram,” features more of the clean vocals, the four songs that follow are noticeably rougher and more aggressive. “20/20” begins with staggered clean vocals, bringing names such as Seahaven to mind, but explodes into an absolutely crushing verse that successfully uses gang vocals without sounding trite.

The two aforementioned tracks are Boxer’s best offerings on the EP, and while the others are by no means unlistenable, they simply lack the same originality. Admittedly, it is not easy for bands of the genre to stand out, as there are countless other acts with the same ethics, influences, and intentions. However, with Undertow, Boxer proves that they are capable of implementing their own twist on the pop punk/emo/melodic hardcore/whatever sound; they just need to do so more consistently without merely settling for adequacy.



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pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fun ep. posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tweaked a few things. feedback appreciated obviously.

pizzamachine
March 17th 2012


12571 Comments


Good review, just try to be careful not to do run-on sentences.

pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i was pushing it with a few of them. thanks

accompliceofmydeath
March 17th 2012


4214 Comments


Never heard of these guys. Probably gonna check it.

Digging: The Swarm - Parasitic Skies

pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can only assume that you'd like them haha

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 17th 2012


4854 Comments


I'll probably like this.

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 17th 2012


4854 Comments


Where can I find these guys' stuff?

pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

www.boxerrva.bandcamp.com

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 17th 2012


4854 Comments


One of the solidest 3.5's I've given.

pmmets07
March 17th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that first track O_o

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 17th 2012


4854 Comments


No, I listened to the rest of the album too.

pmmets07
March 18th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no i know... haha i'm just expressing my love for the first track in particular.

loveisamixtape
June 9th 2012


6000 Comments


would i like this

pmmets07
June 9th 2012


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

based on your high ratings for daylight, turnover, citizen, etc. YES

Waytansea27
September 13th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album was pressed on 12" vinyl. You can pick it up from Reveille Records.

http://reveillerecords.limitedrun.com



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