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The Blackpool rock crew will be unveiling their fourth record Datura in full on October 14 via SharpTone, following last year's ace Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures EP. Recorded with Hundred Reasons' Larry Hibbitt, the band say that Desperate Times… was a good "jumping off" point into the album.
"We wanted to carry on doing more of that," says guitarist Mike Cunniff. "It feels a lot more refined – we wanted fewer songs so that we could be a lot more intentional."
Frontman Henry Cox adds: "I want people to connect with the themes of this album. Not so much in terms of it being so specific to me – although I hope they appreciate the vulnerability in it – but with the view that they can project their own life story onto it. At its core, this is an album about somebody struggling to get control of their life and pull themselves up. I think a lot of people can relate to that, especially in the times that we’re living in at the moment. So as much as I was writing about my problems, I hope people can find solace in it."
Before Datura arrives, listen to new single Passenger below – which Mike calls "one of our favorite songs on the record. We've been jamming it in rehearsals a little bit and it just works so well live. It was a very stripped back approach to writing as well. We didn't want to put too much stuff in it, which kind of leaves us feeling a little bit vulnerable and naked onstage, when there's not too many things going on. It was the last song we wrote and recorded for the record, the final piece of the puzzle."
See the Datura tracklist:
1. Datura (dusk)
2. Floodlights On The Square
6. Shelter From The Rain
And the album cover:
14 Cardiff Great Hall
16 Manchester Academy
17 Glasgow Barrowland
19 Leeds O2 Academy
20 Brighton Dome
22 London O2 Academy Brixton
24 Antwerp Trix
26 Berlin Columbiahalle
27 Munich TonHalle
29 Hamburg Zeltphilharmonie
31 Cologne Palladium
1 Utrecht Tivoli
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Blackpool quintet Boston Manor give their brilliant brand of rock a cinematic new layer on outstanding fourth album, Datura.
Boston Manor singer Henry Cox to talks us through new album Datura – from its conceptual night-time storyline to its powerful messages of hope and solace…
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