EP REVIEW: Vision Quest Split - Broadway Calls / Mixtapes
No Sleep Records have done it again.
Vision Quest is the brand new split EP from punk rock outfits Broadway Calls & Mixtapes is another incredible release from the California based label. The EP, due out 10/23, will leave you singing, dancing, and feeling like you’re on top of the world.
The split starts out with two brand new tracks from Broadway Calls, one of the labels most recent additions. The Oregon based trio brings you back to punk rock of the mid 90s, with the simplicity of one guitar, one bass, and one drummer. Open Letter is an excellent way to start the EP, with riffs and lyrics bringing you back to a happy place. At least that’s what it did for me. Their next track, You Got Me, isn’t as strong as Open Letter, but it’s still a formidable track that will leave you humming the chorus. This one definitely has a more punk rock feel to it, reminding a me of a love child between NOFX and [old] Green Day.
Then in comes Mixtapes, the Midwest quartet with the most badass girl in the scene right now singing the entire first track, Little Miami. Maura doesn’t usually sing entire songs by herself, but on this song she proves herself worthy to be a complete front woman of a band if she so chose. Little Miami is already one of my favourite songs that Mixtapes has ever released, especially the last 45 seconds of the song. There is a certain passion in Maura’s voice that is absolutely infectious. The next track, Puzzle Part 2 (I Don’t Believe In Ghosts), is a quintessential Mixtapes song, with duelling vocal parts, harmonies, and fast punk beats and catchy guitar riffs. The ending of the song is slow and pretty, which is an incredible balance from the start of the EP, which is fast and loud.
Order the EP here, it will be officially released on 10/23 through No Sleep Records.