It's T-minus two weeks until British rock quartet the Boxer Rebellion releases its fourth album, "Promises"--due May 14 on the band's own Absentee Recordings--and frontman Nathan Nicholson sounds a bit stressed.

"You don't start a band to be in a business," he says, sitting in manager Sumit Bothra's London office and pondering the phone calls to make, emails to write and tweets to tweet. "It makes me wonder about bands 20 years ago: What would they do with their time? Would they just sit around, write music and watch TV?"

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