It takes numbers to craft a movement out of sound. It takes numbers, and it takes
throat, calloused fingers, worn out joints, and a sea of voices singing along. It takes
numbers, and it takes work. It takes playing basements and community centres as
much as it takes stages, and festivals. It takes years of dedication, sincerity, and
community. And yet, only a few artists are so honoured as to become synonymous with
their era. Since 2000, Silverstein has kept its roots firmly planted in the terrain of posthardcore.
Sixteen years later, the genre is impossible to talk about without mentioning
this seminal group.
Well over a decade of performances, of writing, and recording has afforded the group
time to evolve and push forward, and Silverstein have taken the whole scene on this
ride with them. To speak about the differences— whether musical, lyrical, or tonal—
between When Broken Is Easily Fixed and their latest effort, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch,
speaks about the differences in post-hardcore at large then and now. Since the release
of When Broken, Silverstein have continued to reimagine their sound, and the genre with
it. 2016’s I Am Alive is a monument to their career. The record takes its listener on a
tour bus driven odyssey that is all too familiar to a group used to packing its life in
suitcase and hitting the road. Distant milestones, and the homeward reach help to
carve out a concept that could have only been pulled off by a band with such a
cultivated relationship with the terrain of North American alternative music. And
though the record ends back home in Toronto, ON, you can be sure that the group
doesn’t intend to let the dust settle on their suitcases just yet.
As they’ve done so many times in the past, Silverstein are hard at work in the studio
and on the road this year. Their shows continue to fill rooms with energy and life, and
their records continue to reach eager ears. Their music continues to marry aggression
and melody in a way that only Silverstein seems able to. And their dedication to their
craft is more evident than ever before. Sixteen years and their outlook hasn’t changed:
more days on the road, more songs, more work, more fans, more music, more friends.
The numbers grow with everything they touch.
Tonight Alive is a rock band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 2008.
The band is composed of vocalist Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cameron Adler and drummer Matt Best.
“Broadside’s upbeat flavor will have you playing it on loop and belting out the lyrics in no time” - HUFFINGTON POST
“The ultimate summer album” - ROCK SOUND
“The record that sets Broadside apart” - SUBSTREAM
“The punk mob bring their own strain of irresistible saccharine goods” - KERRANG!
“There’s a poetic lyricism on Paradise that Broadside has mastered” - ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“The quintessential summer album, a triumphant record of the year candidate” - NEW NOISE
“One of the most unique pop punk albums of the decade” - BUFFALO STATE RECORD
As soon as the majestic opening licks of the album’s lead off track burst onto the speakers, it’s obvious that BROADSIDE are setting bigger and better goals the second time around. An album of boundless energy, Paradise is a culmination of two years’ worth of experiences, sacrifices, and tireless effort, and the end result is a go-for-broke tour de force in pop-tinged punk rock.
Paradise doesn’t completely change direction from the 2015 punchy debut Old Bones, but it shows a remarkable triumph from a band that has rarely left the road since that year. With the line “The sun peeking from the tall palm trees,” the title track ‘Paradise’ sets the personality for a summer sunshine-stained statement. “The whole concept of Paradise is that you should chase that little view of happiness you create in your mind,” explains front-man Ollie Baxxter. “We often put our dreams and desires to the side believing they’re unrealistic, but this record is about building a bridge to reach your goals, your dream, your...Paradise.”
By the summer of 2016, BROADSIDE circled the US multiple times with the likes of State Champs, Roam, and Handguns to name a few, and the demand for their punk-rooted pop anthems escalated, as they were constantly ushered to larger stages during that summers’ Vans Warped Tour. On one particular stop, Baxxter was befriended by a young, hearing impaired fan who had recently gone through ear reconstructive surgery to repair her full hearing. “I met this anxious young woman who was wearing a huge, comforting smile while waiting in line to meet us. She told me that our band was one of the first she had ever heard at full capacity, and that our performance moved her in a way she never felt before, and how lucky she was to have been able to physically hear the set. I couldn't say a word, except to hold her close and cry because it moved in a way that I've never felt. Here stood a girl, no older than my own baby sister, thanking me for performing. I was just doing my job and it was really me who should have thanked her for her strength and courage to share her story. Moments like that are exactly why I write to the youth in our songs. PUSH THROUGH, OVER ANY AND ALL OBSTACLES.”
The former Richmond, VA outfit now calls Los Angeles home, where they teamed up again with New Found Glory & All Time Low producer Kyle Black in January of 2017 to lay down the groundwork for Paradise. “You know what, Kyle Black is a wildman who knows what he is doing, and we were lucky to be able to record another record with him. I hope this record made him proud of us,” admits Baxxter. Immediately following the sessions, BROADSIDE packed their gear and headed to the United Kingdom for an inaugural visit supporting With Confidence, bowling over new fans and taking a well-deserved seat at the table of their peers.
Named Musician Of The Month by Alternative Press in March 2017, guitarist Dorian Cooke’s resilient vocals take the lead on the soulful hymn ‘Laps Around A Picture Frame,’ while ‘Tunnel Vision’ will quickly land as live favorite with its skyscraping vocals. And Paradise doesn’t just have storming tracks, the lofty ‘Who Cares’ beams with the bands inner personalities of turning a bad situation into quick witted humor, while the balance between Baxxter and Cooke’s vocals on ‘Summer Stained’ is damn near perfect. BROADSIDE expand their sound into unheard punk turf incorporating trumpet on the first video from the album, ‘Puzzle Pieces,’ and the Morrissey-channeled, ukulele driven, ‘I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.’ “This record is the sound we have been trying to achieve all of our career, we aren't afraid to try new things and that is apparent with Paradise,” declares guitarist Niles Gregory.
While more dates are being booked as of press time, BROADSIDE will be on tour through 2017 and 2018.