Not always do opening tracks of albums set the tone so accurately however ‘Burn You Up’ does just this. It displays raw-nature and passion present throughout the album and certainly readies the audience for what’s to come.
And from that opening track there is a versatility to the album that cannot go unnoticed, with an honesty and confidence present throughout. It’s songs like ‘Broken Glass’ and ‘Fossa’ that highlight this, moving away from the norm, these songs in particular allow for a more mellow display of their impressive musicianship.
A dominant feature of the album is undoubtedly their skillful control and confidence with melodies – testament to a band who seem to know exactly what form there music should take.
Although an impressive album there are times in which it does seem too familiar. Whether this is on a micro-level within the boundary of the album or on a macro-level within the scene of ‘emo’ bands is uncertain … perhaps both. There is, however, a certainty that ‘Be Nothing’ is an accomplished debut album. It’s showcased Boston Manor’s versatility; it provides harsh vocals and musicality and, just as impressively, a softer sincerity to the group. ‘Be Nothing’ has exhibited both the passion of the band as a whole and each member in their own efforts. And all whilst leaving a little room for improvement.
Theres no doubt that the album is a the starting point to selling out bigger and better venues, drawing in audiences from all over and quite deservedly so. And yet, it’s the room for improvement that leaves the listener fully aware that there is so much more to come.
‘Be Nothing’ is available on 30th September via ‘Pure Noise Records’