Boston Manor’s second album Welcome To The Neighbourhood will be released this Friday and the band have unveiled a final taster with new song “England’s Dreaming”. Vocalist Henry Cox says that it’s “Probably my favourite track on the record. The song’s about waking up one day and realising you have nothing in common with your fellow man.” This feeling of isolation and an over-riding sense of bleakness is a thread that can be followed through much of Welcome To The Neighbourhood. It’s an affecting collection of songs that inhabits a world rife with poverty and drug addiction, boarded up shops and a population unable to escape a predicament they didn’t even know they were in.”

“I’m just trying to draw attention to a few issues,” says Henry of the record’s motivations. “The things that are important to my generation are just so trivial in my eyes, but who am I to say? I can’t really offer any immediate solutions, but I can try to throw a bucket of cold water on some of my peers, to just get them to feel more and think more and not be so apathetic.”

Boston Manor have also announced their biggest headline tour to date across the UK throughout September. On top of the imminent headliner and forthcoming stints in the USA and Australia, Boston Manor will be playing a number of special one off shows around the record’s release.

Welcome To The Neighbourhood Album release events:

09/07 – Sheffield – The Church – Full band set at 7:00pm
09/08 – Manchester – HMV – Live in-store & Signing at 5:30pm
09/09 – Leeds – Live in-store & Signing at 2:00pm
09/10 – Birmingham – HMV – Live in-store & Signing at 5:30pm
09/11 – Bristol – HMV Broadmead – Live in-store & Signing at 5:30pm
09/12 – Kingston – Banquet Records – Acoustic set & Signing at 6:00pm
09/12 – Kingston Bacchus w/ Banquet – Full band New Noise clubnight show

Tour Dates (w/ support from Microwave, Drug Church & Wallflower):

09/21 – Bristol – Thekla
09/22 – London – Electric Ballroom
09/23 – Birmingham – Mama Roux’s
09/24 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
09/26 – Liverpool – Hangar 34
09/27 – Glasgow – SWG3
09/28 – Leeds – Key Club
09/29 – Manchester – Gorilla

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