VIRGINIA BORN/LA-BASED POP-PUNKS ADHERE TO THE RULE BOOK ON SECOND ALBUM PARADISE (VICTORY)
It’s ironic a band named Broadside should occupy a narrow musical bracket. That being said, this is enjoyably spritely – and features a Titanic reference (‘And if I could paint you like one of my French girls / Would we make love inside your car’).
One thing that’s broad about the quartet’s output is their lyrics, which often deal in big, sweeping generalities. Occasionally, as with the line ‘I’ve used my voice to make a better life’, they pan a bit of gold.
3LOSE YOUR WAY
Slicker and more danceable than the first two tracks, you’ll definitely find your way back to this one. Google Maps not required.
Is there a more poppunk lyric than ‘Waiting in the rain for sunny days’? We think not.
5LAPS AROUND A PICTURE FRAME
Does the title refer to running around a picture frame, or licking it? Whatever the answer, this dynamic tune provides a welcome change of pace.
The jauntiness returns here – even if the lyrics discuss ‘drowning’, ‘sinking’, and trying to ‘fight against the current’. Despite the angst, the melodies go rather swimmingly.
Spiky guitars and groovy bass spar with a fulsome vocal performance from Ollie Baxxter.you do yearn for things to be less musically blinkered, though.
This acoustic number arrives to do just that. Amongst sparser musical backing, however, Ollie’s vocals are a little too saccharine here.
Opens with the kind of ‘WHOA-OH’-ING that you associate with the genre, but quickly overuses its quota.
Not an ode to the frustrations of missing pieces preventing you from finishing that Ravensburger, but a beefy tune about the importance of having ‘passion and heart’.
11I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU. IT’S DISGUSTING
Ollie, like this album, is ‘finally complete’ on this ukulele-backed closer.a strong finish from an album simultaneously awash with melody, yet (largely) suffers an originality drought.