Boxer and Clover
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Boxer and Clover

Orlando, Florida, United States | SELF

Orlando, Florida, United States | SELF
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Lord knows the last thing the music world needs is another power-pop/pop-punk hybrid, but sure enough when the talent is there, it needs to be recognized. The Orlando, FL band Boxer and Clover are such a band. On their debut EP What Happens Here the quartet take a stab at radio airplay and deliver with a polished, confident swagger, that's hard to deny. The most accessible is the earnest and engaging "Adding to 100 Years of Silence," but the driving "Blue," is equally as strong. The bittersweet, "The Sound of Your Lullaby," however, is the one song that shows the band's true ability. Sounding a lot like Mae circa The Everglow, "Lullaby," has a huge chorus and forlorn verses that are sure to win fans over by the thousands. Not even a year old, Boxer and Clover certainly have something to offer and if this is just the beginning, the optimist in me thinks they're headed for a huge future. - Absolutepunk.net, written by Gregory Robson


I’m just going to start by saying I’m not used to reviewing EPs. In my opinion, full length albums are much easier; they give you more to go by. Boxer & Clover’s “What Happens Here” EP only has five songs on it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth picking up. In fact, it is one of my favorite releases of the year. The EP opens with the track “Adding to 100 Years of Silence.” This is the kind of song that The Academy Is… had on their first CD. Full of catchy hooks and a creative blend of instruments, this song also shows me what I think is so important about this band. The line “Bring it back to a better time when the world was young and we all felt so alive” captured me and instantly made me a fan. “The Good Life” shows a totally different style to the band’s music. This song, in my opinion, is what would happen if Four Letter Lie and Circa Survive decided to collaborate. At times this song becomes something you might hear from Angels and Airwaves.
Overall this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the EP. The creative effects they use in some songs are great. The group vocals on “The Sound of Your Lullaby” are totally unexpected showing another side to the band. I’m not the best reviewer in the world, but I don’t need to be to say this is a great disc.
- Audio Addiction Magazine


Discography

"What Happens Here" EP
"My Alibi" B-Side
"Fate Has Favorites" EP - Release date pending

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Boxer & Clover was formed in early 2009 by members Evan Frank, Daniel Perry, Brad Dubs, and Gavin Haengel. Immediately, the quartet began writing for their debut EP "What Happens Here" while playing a few local shows in the Orlando, FL area. They entered the studio in 2009 with respected engineer/producer Cameron Mizell (Oceana, I See Stars, Woe, Is Me). After the EP's release on July 18th, 2009, B&C began doing a series of mini-tours in FL and promoting the album wherever and whenever they could. The album has sold over 1000 copies and is still seeing sales over a year after its release.

Fast forward to the summer of 2010. B&C went back into the studio and began recording their 2nd EP, titled "Fate Has Favorites," with local up-and-coming engineer/producer Ryan "Bud" Phillips. "We explored our musical creativity a bit more on this album," comments Frank. "We didn't want to write another record that sounded just like 'What Happens Here' but at the same time didn't want to create something that was too far off in right field. I think we hit that sweet spot right in the middle." The album is currently set to be released in the Nov/Dec timeframe of 2010, with the exact date pending.