“Over the course of this album my lyrics actually touched on a surprisingly wide range of topics,” states Joe Brewer, vocalist and brainchild of his solo-project-turned-full-band One Man Boycott. He’s not wrong, the frontman citing addiction, frustration, love, hope, death, cancer, loss, egos, kidnap, murder, relationships, friendship and, erm, Bristol, as topics that inspired debut album, Counting The Seconds.
Completed by guitarist Lewis Chappell, drummer Frank Rawle and bassist Tom Hitchins, One Man Boycott pen the kind of energetic, instantly infectious pop rock nuggets that instantly instil a hankering for long sun-soaked days with good friends. Positively soaked in youthful exuberance, Counting The Seconds evokes pop rock’s halcyon days, where the stables of Drive Thru Records and Fuelled By Ramen saw gem after gem race out the gate with pop hearts unashamedly on sleeves, swinging songwriting savvy like a deadly weapon.
With crisp production from Romesh Dodangoda (Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Decade), Counting The Seconds is as accomplished as debut albums get, One Man Boycott confidently presiding over their arsenal of slick, effortless vocals (Brewer commands an impressive 4 octave range), punchy guitars and driving drums. “For us, Romesh’s production stands clear of other producers in this country and in our genre as a whole,” opines Brewer; “His experience in rock, also the more pop side of that sound and honestly, a gut feeling that this was the guy to work with on this release. We werent’s wrong! We did the actual recording part for this release over about ten days, but nothing was rushed – we’d already done the pre production, so it was just a case of tweaking sounds and getting our parts down. To be able to have this album coming out at such a high quality is a big step up for all of us, we are all very proud of it.”
The band have some live dates lined up:
- 09/02 Exeter – Xpression FM Music Week Live Session
- 10/02 Bideford – Headline @ The Palladium
- 12/02 Norwich – Headline @ B2 Brickmakers
- 18/02 London – Redlight Sessions @ Hawley Arms Camden
- 25/03 Barnstaple – Hometown Album Release Show
Counting The Seconds is out via Super Sick Records on 25/03/16