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British band Boston Manor bringing anguished ruminations to Hartford

Hartford Courant logo Hartford Courant 12/13/2019 By John Adamian, Hartford Courant

Boston Manor plays at Webster Theater, 31 Webster St., Hartford, on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. $19. 860-525-5553 and webstertheater.com

The English band Boston Manor have given a pop-punk twist to the angsty and dark sounds of Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, adding a bit of emo, hip-hop, metal and even the slightest hint of boy-band pop to the equation, just to keep everyone on their toes. The songs are heavy ruminations on anguish, suffering, endurance and self-destruction.

The title track off of the band’s 2018 record, “Welcome To The Neighborhood,” explores the dead-end aspect of certain modes of existence: “If you could leave, you would,” goes the second half of the refrain. “Flowers In Your Dustbin” works through the predicament of “running on fumes.” The band bashes away, with gleaming guitar lines that flash over the pounding of the rhythm section. On “Halo,” vocalist Henry Cox sings about waking with cold sweats and having sold out his friends, but the music sounds strangely triumphant, given the sentiment.

The band just released an EP featuring acoustic songs off the last LP, demonstrating their readiness to dial it down.

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