The Broadcasts

The Broadcasts

Odds are if a band was featured on BBC Radio, I’m probably a fan. That rule applies here with The Broadcasts. They’re the kind of band that you want to scream-sing along to in your car, but also the kind of band that you toss in your ears while you’re studying or working. They’re acoustic, smooth and mellow, but carry a passion in their sound that really makes you appreciate them.

They’ve only been together since 2012, and James Davies, Ashley Evans, Jack Isaac and Jack Langmead are all quite young, but they’ve already put together a self-titled album. The album is fun, breezy and light hearted and touches on a couple of different genres. It’s always fun to not expect what you hear next when listening to an album. It’s like having your iPod on shuffle, but still only listening to one band.

The self-titled album opens with Control, a chill, honeyed tune that makes you think the entire album is going to be angsty and moving. However, when we move onto the second track, Down the Line, we’re treated to something completely different – something way more gritty and old-school rock. The whole time this song was playing I couldn’t help but picture the four dudes jamming to this in their basements and loving every second. It sounds like it would be such a fun song to play, with lots of awesome guitar riffs and a fun chorus.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you may have learned that I have a bit of a soft-spot for songs that sound a little dark or haunting. That’s why I fell in love with the song Gambler. The vocals are slightly monotone, making it sound kind of dark and twisty. It’s a heavy song – both in meaning and instrument – and I could listen to it on repeat for a while.

So we’ve heard a gritty rock song, we’ve heard dark and acoustic and we’ve heard mellow and chill. The Broadcasts aren’t done exploring genres on this album yet, though. The song The Road Goes On features a freaking harmonica, giving the song a folk/country feel that is supported by the raspy lead vocals and the harmonized chorus. It’s a pretty layered song but still comes across as simple. I can imagine hearing a friend play this around a campfire, which is such a great memory to instill with a song.

The album winds down a little with a slightly adorable song – What it Meant to Me. With lyrics like, “That’s what it meant to me, to have a holiday by the sea,” and “We’d spend our time and money and most of all, laugh it all away, you can’t really help but want to squeeze the face of James Davies who wrote the song.

The Broadcasts’ self-titled album explores a lot of different genres and ideas in only nine songs. While I think the boys still have some growing to do, I’m excited to see what they do next. I think they have a good thing going that can only really get better.

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