Review: Lobby Boxer, “Lobby Boxer”
I like to play this game where I browse genre tags on Bandcamp and pick out albums to listen to based solely on their cover art. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. However, when it has worked out for me, it’s done a phenomenal job. If it wasn’t for this game, I probably wouldn’t have heard The Hotelier’s “The Scope of All This Rebuilding” when I did, and I probably would never have listened to I Can See Mountains’ Life On A Houseboat.
This is a formula I think I am going to stick with. In one of my most recent rounds of said game, I stumbled upon a young band known as Lobby Boxer. I’ve talked about them very briefly on here before, giving them a small mention in the first Bands On A Budget that we published. With good reason, too. Their five song, self-titled EP is one of the most refreshing modern emo releases to date.
Lobby Boxer has clearly taken time to create a sound that is their own. Musically, this release keeps you on your toes. One minute things are slowed and mellow, and the next they are crashing and incredibly cathartic. This beautiful music works so well paired with what is easily one of the most idiosyncratic in the genre. Once you hear this combination for the first time, you’re going to have no trouble identifying a Lobby Boxer song.
The album opens up with “A Perfect Future” and it starts with an apology of all things. If the incredible guitar work that opens the track doesn’t pull you in, maybe the crazy vocals will. I promise you’re going to be blown away once you hear those pipes. And that baseline in “The Truman Show” will leave you feeling a million times cooler than you actually are. Trust me.
When you visit their bandcamp, “Headrush” is the first track to play. I completely get it, because the song is phenomenal and works as a fantastic introduction to this band, but I don’t know if that’s the right choice. The follow up track, “Cap’N Gown” is my favorite on the whole record. This track just feels so huge, so important. I feel like this would be the track to draw people in. This will be the track that draws people in.
The record comes to a close with “Fragile Girl” and vocally, this track (and just about all of them, honestly) is very reminiscent of Anthony Green. This is the best track lyrically on the record. You can feel real, heart-wrenching emotion in his voice. You can tell this song is important to Lobby Boxer as a band. You can tell this whole release is important to Lobby Boxer.
Lobby Boxer’s self-titled EP is one of the most refreshing records to come out of modern emo. The vocal change of pace is something that was much needed in the genre. The twinkly, indie-rock inspired musicianship works incredibly well here. These guys know what they’re doing, and I hope that they don’t have plans to stop any time soon.
Check the release out right here:
<a href=“http://lobbyboxer.bandcamp.com/album/lobby-boxer” data-mce-href=“http://lobbyboxer.bandcamp.com/album/lobby-boxer”>Lobby Boxer by Lobby Boxer</a>