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Tours: Broadside / Real Friends / Have Mercy / Tiny Moving Parts

BroadsideBroadside has announced that they will be heading on tour alongside Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts and Nothing, Nowhere.  Broadside is currently recording a follow-up to their debut release, Old Bones, with Los Angeles Producer Kyle Black.

Full tour dates are below.

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Video: Broadside – The Simple Type

BroadsideBroadside has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “The Simple Type” and appears on their latest release, Old Bones, available now on Victory Records.  Vocalist Ollie Baxxter comments on the song’g content:

“I wrote it about my younger brother. He’s very low key and makes decisions based off initial judgement. He’s one of those people that you sit back and ask how he got so lucky to not over analyze a decision, doesn’t fear any person, and still comes out on top. Like the line says, ‘Shoot first, ask questions last!’”

Watch the video below.

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Video: Broadside – Come & Go

BroadsideRichmond, Virginia’s Broadside  has debuted a brand new music video. The video features the song “Come & Go” from their latest album, Old Bones, available now via Victory Records.

Watch the video below.

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It’s clear why Victory Records jumped at signing Richmond, VA pop-punk act Broadside.  Their polished combination of slick pop melodies and catchy vocals bare all the markings of a radio-ready success.  The choruses are big and tempo unyieldingly upbeat.  All of that should make Broadside out to be the next New Found Glory or Fall Out Boy, yet the execution of on their debut full length, Old Bones, feels more “meh” then “yeah.”  Try as they might, the aspiring quintet just can’t seem to make their hooks meaningful beyond their initial impact, hindered further by a layer of thematic topics that aspire to little more than describing fleeting summer flings articulated at the level of  grade-school crushes.  

In a word, Broadside is generic.  They lack the sophistication of The Wonder Years and the stay-in-your-head loops of Yellowcard.  Tellingly, it’s taken more than a dozen repeat listens to really get to know any one song’s distinct traits.  But even then, they can be summed up in a few tired characteristics.  Take the sugary hooks framing the fond memories of an affection long since past in “Come & Go.”  “I should have married you, you should have carried my name, it feels like I buried you, it feels like you did the same”, sings the band’s lead vocalist in a classic case of adhering to the I’ll-never-get-over-you pop song mould (sadly this is one of Old Bones’ most memorable passages).  Other’s like “Playing In Traffic” fill the bill for the obligatory we’re-so-different-we-even-have-hardcore-vocals spot during the final verse (ever heard of Four Year Strong?).  And then there’s a whole whack of filler that goes down smooth but still goes in one ear and out the other (“Damaged Kids,”  “Old Bones,” “A Better Way,” etc…).  Broadside just can’t seem to land anything that can be described as more than unremarkable.  

As far as pop-punk talent goes, Broadside is yet another example of capable and skilled musicians doing little to push themselves as artists.  Old Bones is an incredibly docile creature that does what it’s told without adding much of its own flare.  In essence, just about every band that Broadside brings to mind does it better and more distinct.  All in all, Old Bones is like a stylishly decorated cake with no flavour – it just lacks substance.

Broadside Joins Victory Records; Announces Debut Album

Victory RecordsPop-punk quintet Broadside has announced that they have joined the Victory Records roster.  The band plans to release their debut album, Old Bones, on May 19th, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.  Vocalist Ollie Baxxter says of the signing:

“It’s an indescribable feeling being represented on a label like Victory Records.  The roster alone raised each one of us through our angsty teenage years and was a stepping stone of pure influence in our individual musical endeavors.”

To celebrate the band has premiered a music video for the brand new song “Coffee Talk,” which can be viewed below.

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Video: Broadside – Storyteller

Richmond, Virginia’s Broadside  has debuted a brand new music video. The video features the song “Storyteller” from their first EP release.

Watch the video below.