Splits often work better when the bands involved sound nothing alike, which is certainly the case with this release.
Throwing Stuff treat us to their two-track aural assault first. They are certainly one of the ‘bands to watch’ at the moment; their Minor Threat-style punk is played passionately, with decent production to boot. It’s reminiscent of much-missed The Steal at times, especially the band’s latter album. Second track ‘Token Beef’ probably just about comes out top, with the lyrics “You’re a bastard / you grind us down / keep your bullshit to yourself” sure to be ones screamed back at the band at gigs.
A great thing about this release is that it’s very British-sounding – there are no faux-American accents here. Blackpool’s Boston Manor play a refreshing kind of pop punk, like a less clichéd The Story So Far with a bit of The Swellers thrown in – it’s catchy, punchy and honest. There are some good backing vocals and Henry Cox’s distinctive voice will help set the band apart from their counterparts. UK pop punk had got a bit stale over the last few years, so it’s great to hear bands like Boston Manor, along with the likes of Gnarwolves, putting this isle back on the map.