British Heavy Prog band Boss Keloid have released their new single “Smiling Thrush,” a touching tribute that details the memory and pain of losing a parent. It’s the second track to be released from their new album “Family The Smiling Thrush” out June 4, 2021 via Ripple Music. Stream the official audio through the YouTube player below:
Listen to “Smiling Thrush” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3M48CTavBnvFpaZXZsVdmW?si=2297bcb50aa94fcb
Pre-order the album here:
UK/EU Vinyl – https://www.plastichead.com/item.aspx?catno=RIPLP144
UK/EU CD – https://www.plastichead.com/item.aspx?catno=RIPCD158
“Smiling Thrush” sees Boss Keloid once again unafraid to tackle big life subjects, such as the death of a parent, and turn them into songs of soaring majesty and hope. Written by guitarist Paul Swarbrick as a catharsis for his own grief after his father passed away last year, the track gives an uplifting insight into the relationship they treasured. Throughout the changing kaleidoscopic mood of the music which represent the stages of that journey through grief, it’s the aural equivalent of someone putting their arms around you and saying it’ll be okay.
Commenting on the single Paul says: “My father passed away suddenly last year. I’m very grateful to Alex and the chaps for giving me the opportunity to write the lyrics and dedicate the song to him. It has been the most challenging period of my life since his death, having to deal with previously unknown levels of grief, insecurity, confusion and anxiety. However, going through this period and process of writing the lyrics enabled me more than ever to reflect, be inspired and be extremely grateful of the relationship and bond I had with my father.”
“Family The Smiling Thrush” is perhaps Boss Keloid’s most ambitious album yet and demonstrates their biggest transformation to date. Entering a new realm which leans more towards the grandeur of monumental Prog Rock whilst still embracing their metal edge, the album is a true masterclass in versatility. Seven towering tracks of emotional energy, psychedelic grooves and riff-oriented guitar work combine with the signature melodic yet passionate style that vocalist Alex Hurst has been tweaking and perfecting since their debut “Angular Beef Lesson” in 2010.
Produced and mastered by Chris Fielding at the legendary Foel Studios in Wales, the band entered the studio with a focus on gaining a clearer, more open sounding recording than ever before. The end result is a typically Boss Keloid gargantuan soundscape, littered with spacious jams and sticky grooves which twist and turn in euphonic harmony. “Family The Smiling Thrush” is their most attention-grabbing effort to date and only further cements their status as one of this era’s most interesting and vital bands.
Lyrically throughout “Family The Smiling Thrush” Boss Keloid explore the notion of the collective being greater than the individual, embracing all flaws and the strengths of each. Each song burrows deeply into areas such as community, communication, family, personal growth, mindfulness and positive inner reflection, inviting the listener to not only join but truly revel in the journey of being alive.
By continuing to experiment and incorporate new elements into their sound, Boss Keloid are a band driven by a burning need to move forward. Beginning with 2010’s Angular Beef Lesson and 2013’s Calming Influence Of Teeth, Boss Keloid made ripples in the stoner doom underground with their magnificently multi-layered music. In 2016 they gained worldwide critical acclaim with Herb Your Enthusiasm andtheir last album Melted On The Inch was released by Holy Roar Records in 2018 to worldwide critical acclaim from the music press, garnering significant support from Metal Hammer UK, Kerrang!, Prog Magazine, BBC Radio 1, The Guardian, Fuze Mag (DE), Rock Hard Mag (DE), MetalSucks, Metal Injection and many more. Total Guitar included guitarist Paul Swarbrick in their ‘best new guitarists in the world today’ feature and their previous albums having graced countless albums of the year lists, multiple times over.
Dates of Boss Keloid’s 2021 tour as follows:
Aug 19 – Arctangent 2021, UK
Nov 6- Damnation Festival 2021, Leeds UK
Nov 18 – Headline Tour, The Anvil , Bournemouth, UK
Nov 19 – Headline Tour, Boston Music Rooms , London, UK
Nov 20 – Headline Tour, The Exchange, Bristol, UK
Nov 21- Headline Tour, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Nov 22 – Headline Tour, The Chameleon, Nottingham, UK
Nov 23 – Headline Tour, Dead Wax, Birmingham, UK
Nov 24 – Headline Tour, The Underground, Stoke, UK
Nov 25 – Headline Tour, Mulberry Bar & Venue, Sheffield, UK
Nov 26 – Headline Tour, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Nov 27 – Headline Tour, Opium, Edinburgh, UK
Nov 28 – Headline Tour, Breadshed, Manchester, UK
Paul Swarbrick / Guitar
Alex Hurst / Vocals and Guitar
Ste Arands / Drums
Liam Pendlebury-Green / Bass