There are a few bands we've had the pleasure of working with over the years, following their evolution through albums and line-ups and different sounds. We can't say we've been there for every Boxer Rebellion album (there have been five of them to date), but over the years we've had the pleasure of sitting down with the band, catching up (in this rather primitive session
), filming a few songs (like this concert
), and saying goodbye, knowing our paths would cross somewhere in the not-so-distant future.
Our latest encounter with the band came earlier this summer when the band swung by our pad to show us super-stripped down, but totally blissed out renditions of songs from their shimmering, technicolored new album, Ocean By Ocean
In addition to the three song session we also spent some time chatting with Nathan Nicholson and Andrew Smith. It was our first time talking to Andrew, who signed up with the boys about two years ago. Sadly, there was no million dollar check. "Maybe a hug," Nathan joked. But when longtime band's lose a key member, it can be hard. Thankfully, Andrew told us how he seemed to slide right into the role, first touring with the band and getting the hang of things on their older songs, and then jumping in and contributing the band's sleek new sound on Ocean By Ocean