Spent a good deal of time today with the upcoming Broadway Calls release, Good Views, Bad News. It doesn't come out until August 18th, but for those of you who (like me) loved the self-titled record, their split with Teenage Bottlerocket and the first EP... this is a worthy adversary that might be one of the big sleeper releases of 2009. More polished with a bigger budget in control, but it doesn't keep this album from shining.
Lots of good energy, big hooks and an electricity that flows into your entire system. I didn't expect this to top the self-titled disc, but it might be able to. Really solid from start to finish, and doesn't overstay its welcome (only 34 minutes long).
In a summer full of pop-punk records bound to grab a majority of interest (Set Your Goals, All Time Low), it's good to have that alternative go-to record not too many people are expecting. What a bright little ray of sunshine to have in your summer music collection.
SideOneDummy did a good thing in signing these Oregonians. I might even say that SideOneDummy is the best label at the moment. Look what their bands keep putting out! Quality shit, man! Anti-Flag, Fake Problems, Broadway Calls, The Gaslight Anthem -- they are every punk rock fan's Drive-Thru Records circa 2001 at this present time. Plus, the band is also signed to Adeline Records, co-owned by Billie Joe Armstrong. Not too shabby.
Let's just hope SideOneDummy can keep it up without any backwalking shenanigans. Yeesh.