Boxer Rebellion: ‘labels are beating at our door since iTunes hit’

Once shunned band tell NME.COM now everyone wants them

The Boxer Rebellion are set to relaunch their career following their second, self-made album, ‘Union’, becoming a hit on iTunes despite not being released through a record label.

The album was offered up through the download service direct from the band, currently unsigned after having left the Mercury label following the release of their 2005 debut ‘Exits’. It recently outsold artists including Kings Of Leon, Coldplay and MGMT on US iTunes

It was not eligible for the charts, however, because it had not been released physically.


Frontman Nathan Nicholson told NME.COM that since the album’s success the band had received interest from record companies, and the band were considering signing a new deal.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time drinking and being happy,” he said, speaking about how he celebrated the band’s resurgence. “We’ve had a few inquiries [from record labels], I leave it to management.”

He added: “It’s really cool – the reason we were shunned [after leaving Mercury]was because we were seen as a used commodity. I don’t think anyone cared, so it’s nice in that respect.”

Nicholson went on to explain how ‘Union’ came to be released on iTunes in the first place.

“A guy named Damon from iTunes was a fan,” he said. “He contacted us on our MySpace about releasing it. iTunes were really good to us.”

The singer added that the band had tentative plans for a tour in the USA – where they have never played live before.


“We really need to tour,” he said. “Then we’ll just see what happens. We’d like to work with someone [a record label] who is keen to work with us and not because of ay hype.”