There's little doubt that nostalgia has been one of the overwhelming aesthetic trends of the last six years. And we're not complaining about that. If it ain't broke, it doesn't need to be fixed. But the best acts embracing nostalgia have been the ones that have found ways to subvert it, to twist it, to warp it, to create something new out of the detritus of decades past. And few bands have been doing that better than multinational alt-rockers, The Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion have been crafting their signature post-punk meets Brit rock sound since 2005's Exits
, but it had been a while since we'd heard any new music from the group who hadn't released a new LP since 2013's Promises
and 2011's The Cold Still
. And the group finally has their long awaited fifth LP, Ocean By Ocean
, coming out at the end of the month on 4/29. And to help us get even more excited for the new material, they've shared a neon-streaked video for "Big Ideas."
The song itself sounds like what would happen if U2's the Edge were playing guitar for Bananarama, and the band knows how 80s the track sounds, and they've paired it with an innovative video that feels like a tongue-in-cheek version of Robert Rodriguez's Sin City
but instead of pairing stylized live-action/animation with pulp 40s crime stories, they married it to a gonzo episode of Miami Vice
Dig the new record when it comes out later this month but until then dive into our classic session with the band below.