Haunted Remains EPK

Haunted Remains EPK

Welcome to the EPK page for the new album – Haunted Remains. Here you will find a bio, answers to common interview questions, links to social media and images. If you require anything else, please email matt@bitetheboxer.com

About Haunted Remains

Haunted Remains is part compilation of the singles released in 2022 and part new material. Amongst the previously released songs are Forgotten, Like A Ghost and Way Out, all of which enjoyed national radio airtime. The new songs on Haunted Remains are Falling, Sad Eyes and Too Far Gone, with alternative versions of Like A Ghost and Forgotten bringing the number of tracks on the album to 8.

Bite The Boxer (AKA Matt Park) has this to say of the new album: “I am so proud of the music that I released in 2022; the singles that I put out were a big step forward for Bite The Boxer. I am putting out this collection of songs as an album as a way of wrapping up the year and showcasing what I have been upto over the last year and packaging it in a way that is easy to listen to from start to finish.”

Access the Google Drive folder here to listen to, and download the songs. Please do not share this link without prior permission.

Haunted Remains will be released on 9th December 2022 across all major digital platforms.

Available on the following streaming services:
Amazon Music
Apple Music

Reference Points and Artists That Influenced This Album:
The XX
Massive Attack
The National

Artwork (click to enlarge)

Other Songs by Bite The Boxer

Short Bio

What started off as an anonymous synthwave project in early 2020, as a way of sharpening his music production skills during lockdown, Bite The Boxer has transformed into a multi-genre, single-person, DIY production project spanning altpop, synthwave, cyberpunk, ambient, chillwave, lo-fi. Debut album The ’86 Sound was released in August 2020, followed by a glut of singles and the breakout EP – A Stream Becomes A River, which was released on 15th October 2021. On the back of the success of A Stream… Bite The Boxer moved to a slightly more commercial, yet alternative sound for widely-praised single, Forgotten, in April 2022 and Like A Ghost in June 2022.

The ’86 Sound (album) – September 2020
The Throw Down (single) – December 2020
Battleship (single) – February 2021
Half Awake in the Half Light (EP) – April 2021
Human Atmosphere (single) – May 2021
Down in the Park (Single – Gary Numan cover) – July 2021
A Stream Becomes A River (EP) – October 2021
Forgotten (Single) – April 2022
Like A Ghost (Single) – June 2022
Way Out (Single) – October 2022

What inspired you to get into music?
I had a very good and eclectic musical upbringing as a kid, my mum loved T-Rex, David Bowie and the glam rock scene, and there was always a revolving door of 80s classics on the stereo from Phil Collins to Kate Bush and Dire Straits. I started playing guitar in bands when I was about 15. Between then and now I have been in various bands from punk, metal, indie and a short stint on the acoustic singer/songwriter scene. So, when lockdown came into force, I took the opportunity to teach myself electronic music production at home and it grew, very quickly, into this collection of songs that I labelled as ‘Bite The Boxer’.

How would you describe your music?
When I started making music as Bite The Boxer, I wanted it to be chilled but upbeat so I could listen to it whilst doing my day job, working from home. As I made more, I developed a style that is heavily influenced by the soundtrack to Tron Legacy (by Daft Punk), as well as the dark and gritty side of 80’s electronic music (such as Gary Numan).

I also like to change things up every so often. For example, The ’86 Sound had a classic synthwave/synth-pop vibe to it. The follow up singles, The Throw Down and Battleship were more edgy, and the latter bordered into EBM. The singles I released around April 2021 (which formed the Half Awake in the Half Light EP) were very much in the cinematic/ambient genre (influenced by Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi).

The last EP A Stream Becomes A River still has elements from synthwave and cinematic ambient, but blended with a lo-fi and dream-pop twist. The singles that followed it (Forgotten and Like A Ghost), took the alt-pop elements from ‘A Stream…’ and developed them into a more radio-friendly form but maintained an alternative edge.

What would you say is your recording and song writing style?
I love the blossoming synthwave genre that is so prevalent on YouTube and Instagram and I have learnt a lot from that scene. However, I am trying to approach it as a rock musician, so I try to imagine the dynamics and interaction between the instruments as if it was a band performing the songs. I mostly produce songs live on Twitch, which encourages me to trust my instinct and not to over-think things too much, just find something that works well and sounds good then go for it.

Where did the name Bite The Boxer come from?
The words themselves came, almost directly, from the lyrics of Under The Air Pt 2 (the final song on The ’86 Sound), which is about the consequences of allowing feelings and emotions to be bottled up, rather than talking about how you feel. It can all come back to bite you.

One of the things that drew me to using the name was that it didn’t sound like it was of any particular genre. When I started to put music out as Bite The Boxer it was on the pop side of synthwave but I didn’t want to use any of the usual synthwave norms (references to night time, neon etc). Having a name that didn’t sound like a particular genre allows me to blend and morph through different genres. I like lots of types of music so this will be a very varied project.

Where can music fans listen to your music?
It is available on all the major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube etc as well as posting regularly on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.