A band who gave up on Blackpool because of a lack of venues are celebrating signing to their dream record label.
Boston Manor are five lads with a hope of musical success.
It’s a label we’ve long admired and talked about when we first formed. If someone had said we would get a label like that, wouldn’t have believed them.Henry Cox
They got together just two years ago after previous bands they were in split up.
And after having had to buy a van and hit the road, they’ve just announced signing to American indie label Pure Noise.
Singer Henry Cox, 22, from St Annes, said their sound was difficult to describe, drawing on the influences of each band member – largely from pop punk and alternative rock.
He’s joined in Boston Manor by Ash Wilson, 22, from Bispham on guitar, Jordan Pugh, also 22 and from Bispham, on drums, and brothers Daniel and Michael Cunniff, aged 23 and 29, from Carleton.
“There isn’t much of a music scene in Blackpool,” he said. “We had a little stab at reinvigorating it. When we were 16, 17, 18, we were playing shows when we were with different bands. But there would be a gig at a venue and you could only do the one.”
Henry’s comments come just a fortnight after Blackpool’s main live music spot The Blue Room shut for the second time in as many years.
And as many bands have said before, there’s no mid-scale venue in town – it’s either pubs or the Empress Ballroom.
“We would love to play at home, we are still based here, and to be able to bring other bands for gigs,” Henry said.
“There’s a wealth of great bands, Darlia, Strange Bones – who were Outl4w, Me Vs Hero, who’ve come from the town but haven’t played here.
“We had to buy a van and play outside Blackpool as it was the only way to get our music out there.”
With the popularity of events such as this weekend’s Blackpool Music Festival and the enormous Rebellion punk festival in the town, Henry said they struggled to understand why the local scene seemed to lack support. But they’re not letting that hold them back.
“It’s amazing to be signed,” Henry said. “It’s a label we’ve long admired and talked about when we first formed.
“If someone had said we would get a label like that, wouldn’t have believed them.
“We had been approached by a few labels, and were chatting with them since the start of this year.
“But after speaking to Pure Noise, they really like what we were about, and were helpful and enthusiastic about us.”
New EP Saudade comes out on November 20, following up on the release last October of their Driftwood EP.
Pure Noise owner Jake Round is equally complimentary: “When I first heard Boston Manor’s Saudade EP I immediately wanted to work with them,” he said. “The band walks the line between emo, indie and punk rock and offers something for a lot of different listeners.”
Boston Manor kick off an eight-date UK tour at Manchester’s Sound Control on Wednesday, October 14. Call 0161 236 0340 for tickets.