Artist of the Week: The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer RebellionWERS is featuring international Alternative-Rock group The Boxer Rebellion as our Artist of the Week!

Not to be confused with the 19th century Chinese uprising, the Boxer Rebellion formed in 2002 when frontman Nathan Nicholson, an American student in England at the time, met Australian guitarist Todd Howe and Englishmen Piers Hewitt and Adam Harrison. Together they caught the attention of renowned manager Alan McGee (Oasis, The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine), who signed them to his Poptones label only a year after the band’s formation. Following their signing the Boxer Rebellion soon began playing shows with A-class artists like A Perfect Circle, Lenny Kravitz, and the Killers, which went a long way to support the release of their debut album, Exits, in 2005.

In 2009 the Boxer Rebellion began releasing music independently with their self-funded sophomore release, Union, which hit the top five of the UK’s iTunes chart less than a week after its release. Thanks to such high-chart positions, and the fact Union was only available on iTunes at the time, Union made history by becoming the first ever digital-only album to enter the Billboard Album Chart. The Boxer Rebellion’s follow-up, 2011′s The Cold Still, also peaked in the top twenty of the iTunes albums chart and lead to a performance at Austin City Limits late last year. Now the London-based band has a new album out titled Promises, which was released last month and features the lead single “Diamonds.” They just played a show at the Sinclair in Cambridge this past Saturday, June 22nd, and will visit the WERS studios this Thursday, June 27th. So make sure to tune in early Thursday morning to hear the Boxer Rebellion live only on WERS!

By Bond Collard

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