This week’s spotlight is on one of my personal favorite bands right now. Hailing from Blackpool, England is the pop-punk/alt-rock five piece, Boston Manor. Formed in March of 2013, now one of the biggest names currently signed to Pure Noise Records, these boys have had great success over the last few years with all of their LP releases coming with good response from fans and casual listeners. From starting out their careers as a much more aggressive pop-punk sounding band to a more aggressive sounding alt-rock band. The group currently consists of vocalist Henry Cox, lead guitarist Mike Cunniff, rhythm guitarist Ash Wilson, bassist Dan Cunniff, and drummer Jordan Pugh. Boston Manor has really made a way for themselves to stand out from the crowd and grow a large fanbase.
With four EP’s and three LP’s under their belts, Boston Manor has put a lot of really good music out in the world. Along with just releasing music, these guys have also toured a lot in the past seven years. Having both supporting positions for some pretty big names as well as having their own headlining runs in both Europe and North America. Some of the notable names they have supported on tour would be, Have Mercy, Movements, Knuckle Puck, Four Year Strong, The Amity Affliction, Good Charlotte, and A Day To Remember. They have also had headlining runs with support from bands such as, Microwave, Homesafe, Free Throw, and Heart Attack Man. Along with many tour appearances these guys have had more than a few festival slots on bills of festivals like, Download, Sonic Temple, the Vans Warped Tour, 2000 Trees, Good Things, Nova Rock, and Riot Fest.
The first time I saw Boston Manor was at Sonic Temple Festival in May of 2019. My friend and I ended up being at the barricade to watch them not knowing much of their music at all. They were the second band to perform that day and tour the place down. The crowd started out at maybe 350 and by the time I turned around during their last song, there had to be at least 1,000-2,000 people. Their tightness and energy that they brought to the stage made the festival goers flock over to watch these guys show their stuff. I immediately fell in love with these guys and knew I had to see them again. When they went out on their North American headlining run I saw them twice over the span of a week and a half, knowing those shows would be some of my favorite club shows of the year. These guys have such a unique style of music and they have super creative minds and put out something different and new whenever they release music. I want these guys to be hitting the road as soon as they can so I can be right back in those pits with the other crazy fans in those sweaty venues.