Broadside – Old Bones (Album Review)

The world is flooded with many different pop punk bands all trying to fit into the ever-growing list of artists who have reached some level of success. Fortunately, for the Virginia pop punk band Broadside, they were signed to Victory Records in 2015, and listed in Alternative Press as one of the 100 Artists You Need To Know In 2015. Since their formation in 2010, the band has released one EP (Far From Home), and two full length studio albums (Far From HomeRe-released with an additional five tracks – and Old Bones). Old Bones was released on May 19, 2015, alongside the music video for the single “Coffee Talk.” The latest album features many pop punk aspects such as fast punk tempos, loud guitars, and pop-like melodies and themes. Vocalist Ollie (Oliver) Baxxter, brings in the imperative pop punk vocals into Broadside’s songs.

The first track on the album is “A Place To Lay Your Head.” The song focuses on when everyone doesn’t think that you can achieve your dream, but all you have to do is push those words and thoughts aside and go directly for what it is that you wish to do, “Most of my family / believes I’ll never be a star. / Since I was old enough to make a change, / I knew I’d make it far.” The songs chorus states that after you get so far, there is no point in looking back because you have built up the walls to keep all those negative thoughts away from you because you are following your path to wherever it will go.

After the inspirational first track, “A Better Way,” the albums second song, takes on an entirely different topic talking about wishing to get out of your life and the idea of possibly taking your own life. They say that even though you think that there should be more to life than what you’re currently going through, that there must be a better way to handle the situation, “But there has got to be a better way / then drowning in this hateful place.” In the third verse and the bridge, the song turns to show that the person who lost their friend now blames themselves for not seeing the signs and how the world will never get to know them, but now their loved one might be at peace.

The third track on the album is “Human Machines.” This song follows the common story of someone who is constantly working just to live, and feel complete. “Working and working my life away,/ with nothing to show but my bills are paid.” The song goes on to talk about how the money will never be what you need to make yourself feel whole, as it just causes more pain and frustration. In one lyric it says how the rich will always be greedy and push you down to get what they want.

In the forth spot on the album is the song “Playing In Traffic,” which focuses on a person who decided to follow the crowd and not be themselves and find their own place in the world, “Trying hard to fit into / a mold that wasn’t cast for you. / An image built with loneliness / and it’s just not working. / If fitting the part is what’s best for you.” As the song goes on we learn that this person once had the same views as their friend, but now that they have grown apart they both see the world and the others choices differently, while the person wishes that they might have chosen a different path. The meaning of the songs title, “Playing In Traffic,” refers to someone following the crowd and trying to fit in with everyone else around them.

The fifth song on the album is the first single that was released called, “Storyteller.” This song is about a relationship that is slowly crumbling due to different complications, such as lies and falling away from one another. As he realizes that his relationship is slowly coming to an end he thinks of all the different possibilities that could happen, until he hears her mumble in her sleep which reminds him of why he stays, “You only do that in your sleep / Honestly it’s f**king scary / But it reminds me why / I still try.”

“Come & Go,” is the sixth track on the album and is one of the most emotional songs as it tells the story of ‘the one that got away’. The chorus begins with the lyrics of, “Fell for you/ that summer on the east coast./ Up till dawn just doin what we want,” and as the song goes on the rest of the lyrics change depicting different parts of the story and his feelings. The whole song begins with how he ran into her one day and noticed the ring on her finger, yet he wishes that it was him who had asked her to marry him, instead of him thinking that he wasn’t good enough for her. He is now left to deal with all the old feelings and memories that came flooding back to him. In the end he is left just screaming at what could’ve been and what he wishes he had done.

The seventh song on the album is the popular single, “Coffee Talk.” This song is about just wanting to be with someone no matter what you’re doing even if you are just lying in bed talking about anything and everything. The lyrics “Lately, all I wanna do / is lay around with you / and complain about the youth. / How we’ll never leave your room, / tell me everything that bothers you,” opens the song and sets the tone for what is going on between the two. There is an obvious connection and for him it seems that it has already become an important relationship as his heart races anytime that she speaks, and how he stays up at night when she isn’t around. The song tells of the beginning of a relationship that may or may not become something more.

In the eighth spot on the album is the track “The Simple Type,” which is about just living your life and not worrying about what your supposed to be doing, just looking ahead to where you can get, “We shoot first, ask questions last, / cause the days go by so fast. / Only focused on the outcome / and not stressin on our path. / And I know you don’t understand / why I chase what I can’t have.” The song focuses on just going along with what you need to do and not think about why you’re doing it until later when you know the outcome.

Damaged Kids,” is the ninth song on the album, and slightly contradicts what was said in the previous song about just going ahead and doing something without asking why. In this song, the chorus talks about how he questions and analyzes everything before he dives into it. Throughout the song he talks about how no matter what you feel, you actually belong, and that he feels that everyone else is moving forward and he isn’t. He wonders if he is a damaged kid or just not involving himself with how the rest of society is functioning. At the end he says how each and every one of us are all damaged in our own ways, and that it isn’t the worst thing in the world after all.

The second last song, “A Light In The Dark,” is the slowest and shortest song on the album, and is about wanting to make sure that you aren’t going to end up lost and not having said all that you needed to say to those you love.

“Old Bones,” the title track is the last song on the album and is about not wanting to grow up before you have a chance to do all that you want to do. He says that he doesn’t want all off the time he has been given to get swept away, without getting to chase all of his dreams. The song and the album end with the lyrics of, “I don’t wanna grow old. / Sweet dreams, / I’ve been sold. / Opportunities passed me on my way back home.”

Broadside has already started to gain a large following of dedicated fans and get to tour with popular bands like Handguns, State Champs, Transit, Real Friends, Stray From The Path, as well as many more. They have had their own solo tour, as well as a recommendation article in Alternative Press’ July 2015 issue. They have become a band to keep an eye on, and the album Old Bones, it just the start of what can be expected from this energetic group of young musicians.

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Alyssa (Rolling Music Reviews)

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