Emerging from a city known for Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death, Richmond, Virginia's BROADSIDE are resurrecting that message with punk rock mastery.
Formed in late 2010, drummer and Musicians Institute alumni Andrew Dunton approached bassist Josh Glupker to join his project, and after a couple guitarist changes and over 50 vocalist auditions, the tight-knit rhythm section found their match in guitarists Niles Gibbs and Dorian Cooke, and solidified their current line-up with vocalist Ollie Baxxter.
Performing live is at the heart of every bands existence, and after countless miles and self-booked tours, BROADSIDE went on to sell over 1500 copies of their EP and converting new fans worldwide.
In 2014, Victory Records picked up the buzz from Virginia, and welcomed BROADSIDE to their roster. The band wasted no time, taking their tenacious work ethic to Los Angeles to record their Victory Records debut, Old Bones. Recorded by Kyle Black, known for his work with New Found Glory and Paramore, Dunton jokes "We thought it was going to be a heavier album, but we've actually gone pretty poppy." With danceable melodies and crunching singalongs, BROADSIDE continues to push the boundaries blurring genres to ultimately make the sound that sets them apart. Old Bones is a record that will put BROADSIDE at the ranks of All Time Low, The Wonder Years and Anberlin.
Every track on Old Bones represents an experience that every young adult can relate to. Vocalist Ollie Baxxter conveys his own personal dilemma with these scenarios in everything from burying a childhood friend to realizing you're just a very small cog in an overworked machine. "I just wanted anyone listening to this record to have a moment where they simply relate and reflect on the words because they've been there or are currently in that head space". Old Bones is just a raw confession of everyday struggles.
If you're looking for an album filled with relatable lyrics framed with swinging choruses and energetic hooks, you don't need to look further than Virginia's own Broadside. These young upstarts dropped their newest full length Old Bones earlier this year and have been working to spread their sound across the country ever since. While they're out on the road with fellow Feed The Beat band Roam (and are slated to jump on holiday shows with State Champs and Transit), we spoke to the band - and they let us know they're not slowing down any time soon:
Tell the Feed The Beat community about Broadside in one sentence: Five piece ball of energy with A.D.D.
Your album Old Bones came out earlier this year, congrats! What is the coolest part of touring on this record? Are there any songs you feel especially excited to play live? Thank you! The coolest part is hearing people sing our lyrics back to us and meeting so many new people who have connected with the record on a personal level. As for a song, we're excited to play The Simple Type because we haven't played it live before this tour.
What is your biggest "must have" while out on tour? Starbucks coffee and Taco Bell burritos.
You're out on the road right now, alongside fellow Feed The Beat newcomers Roam - what's the most exciting part about being on the road? What do you hope your audience walks away from your set with? The most exciting thing about being on the road is being forced to adapt to a new environment every day. We hope that people walk away with an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction from our live performance.
With these dates with Roam and a few with State Champs bringing you to the end of the year, what does 2016 look like for Broadside? We're currently talking to Justin Bieber about a world tour, but he hasn't responded to our MySpace messages in ages. But in all honesty, we'll have some new tour dates to announce and keep on supporting Old Bones. Come see us in your town, inspire us!