Boston Manor // Movements // Jools // O2 Academy // Birmingham // Live Review

As storm Dudley hit the UK and started to blow a ferocious gale across the country, I was on a train, heading to my first show of the year. Blackpool’s Alt-Punk quintet Boston Manor was finally getting to play Birmingham, with support from Movements and Jools. After the tour was rescheduled 5 times, I was ecstatic to finally be seeing such a strong line-up live. It wasn’t just me who was excited either though, as the crowd slowly built before the lights dimmed and the opening act hit the stage.

First up were Jools, an Art-Punk 6-piece that blended atmospheric instrumentals with crushing riffs, moments of quiet sincerity evolved into outbursts of emotion within mere seconds with before returning back to the soundscapes so masterfully crafted. While it took a moment for the crowd to warm up, once they did, there was non-stop dancing, cheers and love in the air. A great opening act and definitely a band to watch out for.

Up next were US-based Movements. Hitting the stage with an intense mix of Pop-Punk and Post-Hardcore fans quickly began to scream along with the band as the raw lyrics filled the air around us.  Starting the set with Skin to Skin, fans were treated to essentially a best-of setlist that seemed to have at least the vast majority of the audience more than satisfied. With an insanely tight performance and some damn catchy songwriting I can completely understand the hype in the crowd for the entire duration of their set, my personal highlights were the Emo-Pop Punk banger Full Circle and their closing track Daylily.

During the changeover, the lights were killed. I headed back into the photo pit to a bass-filled EDM beat and intense strobe lighting before the headline act rushed the stage. Boston Manor pulled no punches as they set an onslaught of punk riffs upon listeners with the likes of Everything is Ordinary, Flowers in Your Dustbin and the recently released Desperate Pleasures. It only took a few brief moments before the crowd surfers started and the pit opened up, but my favourite moment was definitely vocalist Henry Cox addressing the crowd, talking about how he’s grateful to have a fanbase he can open up around before On a High Ledge started, a song tackling the true impact of toxic masculinity on the mental health of boys. The song is incredibly experimental and hearing it live was one hell of an experience.

As the show reached the end, a feeling of excitement rushed over me. Not only had I just seen three bands put on phenomenal sets, but it felt like we were finally seeing a return to Pre-Covid times. A genuinely excellent show, all the bands involved put every ounce of their heart and soul into the night.


Photography & Review:  Daniel Stapleton – Pulse Media Visuals 


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