Boxed In wrapped up their UK tour with perhaps their biggest show to date for what was a triumphant return to their home town.
The four-piece, led by frontman Oli Bayston, performed much of their new album Melt, bringing to life an already superb set of material that somehow took on a whole new level on the live stage.
Right from the start, they set the bar high, kicking things off with Jist and, during a set of a little over an hour, included several from the new album, including Shadowboxing, London Lights, Black Prism, and Oxbow. There was also a pick from the first LP too, including Foot of The Hill, All Your Love Is Gone and a majestic performance of Mystery.
After a brief encore, the band returned with Open Ended and False Alarm, before concluding on a real high with the superb Melt.
Bayston was keen to emphasise his gratitude to an appreciative crowd for turning out on a Monday night for this show, but in reality, making such an effort to be here for this one – even at this ungodly start of the working week – was no hardship. The band gave an accomplished performance that was atmospheric, high-tempo, and full of the kind of substance that can be all too hard to find. It also felt way more ‘complete’ than very early Boxed In, with a live sound that brought the very best out of the whole band. It made you glad to have been there to see it, hear it and, most of all, feel it.
For a taste of Boxed In live, see their superb mini-set for Low Four.