Interview// The Boxing

We get to know psychedelia’s newest outfit.

A few weeks ago, we came across The Boxing – an outfit whose recent single Tame was a dark foray into psychedelic rock. Off the back of that single, we spoke to the band to find out a bit about it.

How did it all begin for the band?
Me and Charlie (drums) started playing together at uni in Leeds – I think this is actually the fourth line up we’ve had, so there have been some changes along the way. I think since we became a three-piece we’ve been gradually stumbling across our sound over the last two years.

What’s the songwriting process like for you?
It depends on what day you ask. It can be really frustrating, so sometimes we’ll bang our heads against a brick wall for a few months, while other times an idea comes together in half an hour. Generally, we’re not scared of going over songs and picking them apart until we’re totally happy with them. It’s worth it in the end, but it’s not always easy getting it to where you want it to be.

You’ve mentioned previously that you typically write songs in the dark. Why is this?
We literally practice in a brick room without windows and thats where we do all of our writing, so it’s not really a choice haha! We rent that room permanently so we’ve made it home, but it is what it is. It was referencing in a quote about the new song [Tame] not being quite as dark sounding as the others, so it was a little metaphor more than anything.

What is the inspiration and story behind Tame?
Tame was probably the first song we wrote as a three-piece. We played it at our first ever gig and thought it fell a bit flat, so we sacked it off for about a year. Then, one day we were just jamming around it for a laugh and Henry (bass) started playing this different bassline in the chorus and we basically rewrote it but kept the skeleton. I knew it wanted to be a single as soon as we demoed it.

In terms of lyrics, the first two lines pretty much set the tone; ‘Lost on your roundabout, I hate those circles’ – it’s about being caught up in somebody’s circle of what’s cool or whatever. People trying so hard to be original they somehow end up looking exactly the same.

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you at a show or on tour?
Hmm, we get some very strange references from people who’ve seen us live – generally people just coming up to us and saying ‘oh you guys must love so and so’ and 9/10 times we’ve never heard of it. Seems to happen a lot!

What would you say makes you stand out as a band?
I don’t think we’ve ever done things the easy way, in terms of our musical choices and how we are as a band. If people dig it that’s great but if they don’t that’s okay as well – it’ll connect with the right people. We’re okay with not standing out if it means we can do things our own way.

What’s next for you?
We’ve got our first vinyl release on a Leeds singles club, Come Play With Me, at the end of the year and hoping to get a run of dates together in support of that. After that it’s back into the studio to record an EP and then get ready to kick on next year!

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