Henry Cox Reveals What He Loves Most About Being in Boston Manor
Being in a band isn't as easy as it seems.
No one knows that better than pop punk group Boston Manor, who've worked incredibly hard over the past few years to achieve the level of success they're at now.
We caught up with their lead singer Henry Cox at Warped Tour to learn what makes the effort worth it, his favorite Warped Tour memory and what fans can expect from their new music.
Scroll below to see what he had to say!
Sweety High: How's Warped Tour been for you guys?
Henry Cox: Wonderful! It's been an amazing experience I'll never forget. I've made a lot of good friends. A lot of the shows have been really cool. I think this is the most tan I've ever been in my life, as well.
SH: Do you have a favorite memory from this year's tour?
HC: One of the best days of my life was on this tour. I never thought that I'd say something has been the best day of my life, but it has been. We went tubing down a river in Texas with loads of our friends. We spent the whole day just floating down the river for like three or four hours. We kept stopping every now and then to see turtles or use a rope swing. It was the best. And then there's been a bunch of things—funny experiences and cool days off. It's just a constant hang out with your mates. It's summer camp for grown ups.
And if you watched us on Warped Tour, thank you very much for taking the time out of your day to come see us. We really appreciate it.
SH: What's next for you guys?
HC: We're coming back in October with Have Mercy, Can't Swim and A Will Away. We go back home and play a big festival in the U.K., Reading and Leeds. It's a bit like Coachella, but not as pretentious. We're working on some new music, too. We have another tour in December in Europe. And then it's Christmas.
SH: How's the new music coming along?
HC: We've been writing a lot over the last two months. We have a lot of new songs. We're working on visual stuff, as well. The five of us have a few little side projects we've been working on, but we can't really talk about that yet. We're just creating.
SH: What's been your mindset while writing this music?
HC: It's kind of a different tone and very universal. We're trying to tie things together a little bit more with how we are live and with what's going on in the world. We're just trying to bring a level of intensity that I feel was kind of missing on the last record.
SH: How do you decide what you're willing to share about yourself with your music?
HC: I keep things a bit convoluted deliberately because I don't like to be too open-book about stuff. This next record is less about me and more about everyone else in the world. We had one song on the last record, which is about my grandmother's struggle with Alzheimer's. It hit really close to home, so we've never played it live. It's one of those things where you're like "Do I really want to talk about this every day?" I'm not one of those lyricists who can completely spill their guts. I find it hard to do. Kudos to people that can, but it's not for me.
SH: What's been your favorite part about being in this band so far?
HC: This year's been the best year of my life. We played Slam Dunk Festival just before we left for Warped Tour, and they were the most insane shows. The room was to capacity every day. It was one of those moments where I was like, "This whole touring business for the past year has been worth it!" It was a real highlight.
SH: Do you have a most memorable fan interaction?
HC: Nothing that really stands out. There are loads of people every day on this tour that come up to you and mention that what we've created has gotten them through a really tough time or changed their life. People have their own experiences in their private lives with this stuff that we've created. It's amazing. We have really cool fans. Everyone's really respectful.
SH: What's that feeling like when people come up to you and say, "Your music changed my life"?
HC: It's very weird. Especially on tours like this, where you have conversations like that quite a lot. I don't want to say it becomes normal, where you're like "Oh, whatever." Each encounter is still equally incredible.
SH: If you could go back and give yourself advice when you first started this band, what would it be?
HC: "You were right." I always encouraged us to just keep cracking, because I knew we would tour America and Australia and be on Warped Tour. We've done all that because we work so incredibly hard. It sounds arrogant, but I just love my band. I work very hard because I care.
SH: What do you love most about your band?
HC: The people in it. They're great. And, of course, playing the songs live. That's the whole point, to get to be on stage and jump around and have people sing your songs back to you. It's unreal. That big Slam Dunk show that I mentioned, there were so many people. I never expected anything to that level. I knew we'd do stuff because we worked for it, but you can never guarantee that people will love what you do. When that happens, you realize how lucky you are.
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