Boss Keloid to release new studio album “Family the Smiling Thrush” on June 4th 2021

Boss Keloid Family the Smiling Thrush cover
British heavy prog-psych band Boss Keloid are back with their new LP “Family the Smiling Thrush”, to be released worldwide on June 4th, 2021, via Ripple Music.

The band have also released their uplifting first single “Gentle Clovis”. Check out the official video below.

Vocalist Alex Hurst comments on the first single: “"Gentle Clovis" is is all about staying true to your roots and those parts of you which make you individual, whilst abandoning your ego when the greater good can benefit. It’s a song about family, friends and letting your strengths individually or as part of a collective flourish and carry you”.

Perhaps their most ambitious album yet, “Family the Smiling Thrush” demonstrates Boss Keloid’s biggest transformation to date. Entering a new realm which leans more towards the soaring majesty 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.

Pre-order “Family the Smiling Thrush” here.

1. Orang of Noyn
2. Gentle Clovis
3. Hats the Mandrill
4. Smiling Thrush
5. Cecil Succulent
6. Grendle
7: Flatt Controller

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 “The 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” and their 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. 

UK Tour Dates 2021:
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