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Live Review: Boston Manor w/Trash Boat, Higher Power, & Anxious

Review & Photos By: Casey Conemac

Artist: Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Higher Power, & Anxious

Date: April 30th, 2022

Location: Hawthorne Theater, Portland Oregon

Boston Manor have seen a lot of success over the years in the states. It is fitting that the supporting acts are all from the UK. I always love when bigger bands give up and coming bands a shot at getting their name out there.

Anxious started off the night really strong, bringing high energy and getting the crowd warmed up. Their sound is an infectious pop punk vibe with dreamy soundscapes that give off 90’s grunge vibes. Their set clocked in at about 45 minutes.

Higher Power was the favorite for me for the night. They just remind me of being a hardcore kid and getting hooked on that kind of music when I was younger. Catchy hooks, distorted guitar riffs, and in your face vocals. There’s always something to be said about how a vocalist can command a crowd to do what they want. At one point in the show he got everyone to join in on a circle pit.

Trash Boat has been an up and coming band for a while out of the UK. The energy in the room was at an all time high at this point in the show. They threw some bangers in “Strangers” and “He’s So Good”. At one point there was even a wall of death where the room was split apart and everyone slammed into each other. Every band on this tour was on top of their game and really knew how to keep the crowd interested and engaged.

It was about 10 o’clock when Boston Manor took to the stage. It has been about 2 years since Boston Manor played this very room. Portland is probably one of their favorite stops on the tour for the culture and the people that make it special. Their set consisted of new and old songs from their two latest albums “GLUE” & “Be Nothing”. Their latest single “Foxglove” has seen a lot of praise on Sirius XM’s Octane. They finished out their set with “Halo” & “Everything is Ordinary”.

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