“Most of our songs are written in a dark room without windows”, lead singer and guitarist of The Boxing Harrison Warke explains, “but a hint of light managed to creep into this one”. Of course (at least we hope) that he’s just speaking metaphorically about the Leeds trio’s music. After revealing their track ‘One By One’ earlier in the year – a slab of meaty, yet somewhat downbeat psych rock.
But there’s more to The Boxing than just a swirling guitar hook with the curtains drawn shut, and new single ‘Tame’ sheds a light on that – and as Harrison said, that’s in more ways than one. Recorded at The Nave with Alex Greaves (bassist in Forever Cult), it maintains some of that dark edge that coloured their earlier tracks, but also reveals a huge lift in the chorus. It’s still got a tinge of melancholy – the weeping guitars nodding to the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen at their most elated – but still provides a hands-aloft moment that’s expansive and atmospheric. Hardly tame at all, it sees The Boxing delivering a knockout blow.
If you think ‘Tame’ might sound pretty good live, then The Boxing are also set to play a couple of shows in their hometown over the next couple of months, hitting both Milo Bar and Mabgate Bleach. Tickets are on sale now.
Listen to ‘Tame’ and see The Boxing’s upcoming live dates below.
18 Leeds, Milo Bar
08 Leeds, Mabgate Bleach