With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
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Their genius lies in an ability to match light and shade with the impact and velocity so necessary to punk rock.
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Their genius lies in an ability to match light and shade with the impact and velocity so necessary to punk rock. Like Fugazi, they've fashioned a form of hardcore that grows on you rather than revealing everything in the first crushing powerchord. Crucially, though, their songs are also devilishly catchy. Burly frontman Tim Barry can't help jumping about and clapping his hands, lost in the eye of the perfect storm his bandmates are cooking up.
For those who need an Afro-style visual focus to grab their attention, Avail also employ a 'cheerleader' called Beau Beau. A wiry little guy with the most obscene growth of face fuzz this side of ZZ Top, Beau's hobbies include high kicks, scaling speaker stacks and playing air guitar on mic stands, often all at the same time. The Flava Flav to Tim's Chuck D, Beau is also fond of jumping offstage to applaud Avail with the rest of the audience. His enthusiasm is entirely justified. Time to add another name to that list of crucial American rock bands.
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