**The Boxing Lesson crafts intricate, atmospheric rock symphonies, born from a sparse theme, often building to a lush sonic wash. Supplemented by gentle brooding vocals, distant analog keys, and bass and drums, the guitars interweave amongst each other, chasing the spirits of Sergio Leone's dreams through the black holes of the heavens.**
The Boxing Lesson was formed in Los Angeles by Paul Waclawsky in 2002, where they recorded and released their debut EP on their own label, Send Me Your Head Records. This self-titled effort gained strong local buzz and earned the band frequent shows supporting touring national bands. The EP was described by the LA Weekly as one that "tests your patience and then rewards it." Joseph Kyle from MundaneSounds wrote that, "The promise on The Boxing Lesson is so great, that you'd probably want to hold them to their potential in a court of law."
Some international acclaim was received as well. Noise Theory Australia gave it a 5-stars, and wrote that, "Each of the four tracks on this debut self-titled EP gracefully drift through the dark night, and with every intricate guitar melody there is a star that lights the way," and "The Boxing Lesson have addressed every issue that has ever plagued atmospheric rock and mended them in what seems like a manner that seems to simple to be true."
released March 8, 2003
The Boxing Lesson:
Paul Waclawsky - vocals, guitar
John Treanor - guitar
J Phil Cobb - guitar, polymoog
Chris Judd - bass
Casey Jones - drums
Recorded by Ed Sanders, Oct 2002 at 7th Street Sound in Los Angeles,CA
Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering
Cover/photo design: John Treanor
All songs by The Boxing Lesson
All song published by King Luap Music (BMI)
(c) (p) 2003