UNSIGNED BRITISH BAND THE BOXER REBELLION BREAK ITUNES US AND UK TOP TEN ALBUM CHARTS IN 24 HOURS!
No. 6 – iTunes US Albums Chart
No. 2 – iTunes US Alternative Chart
No. 10 – iTunes UK Albums Chart
No. 3 – iTunes UK Alternative Chart
Unsigned London-based band, The Boxer Rebellion, are today celebrating an amazing achievement as 100% completely independent artists. Four years since the birth of their magnificent debut album, EXITS, The Boxer Rebellion digitally released their self-produced sophomore record, UNION, through iTunes on Tuesday January 13th. 24-hours later the band and their fans have officially entered the iTunes US and UK Top 10 Albums Charts. They are also enjoying the No. 2 position in the iTunes US Alternative Chart (behind My Morning Jacket) and No. 3 in the iTunes UK Alternative Chart (behind Kings of Leon and MGMT). The Boxer Rebellion are expected to announce the release of a suped-up fan-friendly set of physical albums later in the year as well as a North American tour.
UNION is produced by The Boxer Rebellion – mixed by Chris Sheldon, and mastered by Kevin Metcalfe.
Formed in London through a chance meeting between Tennessee native Nathan Nicholson (vox/guitar) and Australian Todd Howe (guitar), the line-up was made complete with college friends Piers Hewitt on drums and Adam Harrison on bass. Following the release of an acclaimed debut EP in 2003, and on the eve of a potentially career-breaking tour with The Killers, Nicholson found himself deftly ill and on life-support, putting the band on indefinite hold.
Post-recovery the band released limited copies of EXITS, their debut album in 2005 to a rapturous response: Kerrang magazine proclaimed, “If you’re crying out for substance in your music, The Boxer Rebellion are here to soothe your soul,” while the NME stated, “This band can alter your life.” Both The Fly magazine and MusicOMH considered the album “flawless.”
In UNION, The Boxer Rebellion have produced a follow-up of epic proportions that somehow manages to surpass the vertiginous ambitions of its predecessor. While retaining the uniquely charged live sound that has won them a feverishly devoted following throughout Europe, UNION sees the band taking their already lofty ambitions to subliminal levels. From the tribal-drum explosion of opener ‘Flashing Red Light Means Go’, through the wintry atmospherics of enigmatic ‘The Gospel Of Goro Adachi’ to live favourites ‘Evacuate’ and ‘Semi-Automatic’, UNION is an album that transcends convention in a seismic blast of unfettered invention.
The Boxer Rebellion’s albums are completely non-disposable bodies of work – perfectly balanced in exemplary song-writing, epic performances, and wide-ranging creativity that reward the listener time and time again.
Currently being championed by KCRW Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Jason Bentley, UNION will be serviced nationwide to non-commercial and college radio stations in the coming weeks.
The band are currently preparing their Spring 09 tour schedule – dates soon to be released.
Album release information:
UNION LP (Jan 2009)
EXITS LP (re-release)
North America January 13 2009
iTunes Free Global Single of the Week
January 13 2009