Mixtapes Announce New Album Release Date
Mixtapes will release their new album, Ordinary Silence on June 25th via No Sleep Records. You’ll be able to pre-order it tomorrow. In addition, you can view tour dates for Mixtapes, You Blew It!, Light Years, and Modern Baseball and Last Call on select dates by clicking Read More.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Broadway Calls - Comfort/Distraction
2013 is going to be a hell of a year for pop punk. With their third full-length Comfort/Distraction, Broadway Calls have already given us a well-rounded, ‘90s punk-influenced album that’s fun and infectious. The early Green Day comparisons run rampant online, and songs like Zombie World more than justify them. It’s an older, more proven formula of pop punk, but Broadway Calls execute it very well. Each song has been crafted to serve its own purpose and it’s easy to identify the care put into them. And for the most part, each holds its own weight against the rest of the album and the production shines with Bill Stevenson behind the boards.
Bring On The Storm serves perfectly as an intro and is an immediate standout. It has a hearty chorus that quickly grabs your attention with memorable lyrics, something Broadway Calls are known for. Open Letter appeared earlier last year in a split with Mixtapes, but it’s nicely placed here as the second track. Singer Ty Vaughn’s voice is sublime for the album, though at times you’ll wish he brought a little more to the table. Even if his vocals don’t as much astound, they are still very good and pleasing to the ear. Minus One, while solid, doesn’t quite hold up to the first two songs. Keep in mind it’s still enjoyable, but compared to the others it just seems basic.
Lucky Lighter is a fine mid-tempo jam that you can imagine sitting alongside hits from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. It’s relatable, and evokes familiar emotions of indifference (This ain’t sadness, or madness that I convey. Just right now this works for me). The guitar solo at the end is relatively simple, but compliments the song in just the right way. Surrounded By Ghosts is faster, and while the chorus doesn’t ring quite like the others, the verses do pick up the slack. Lines like I believe you when you say I’m wrong come off as honest, and a pair of solos also appear. The Green Day influence is definitely heard on Zombie World, but the lyrical content here leaves something to be desired. Still, Broadway Calls pull it off in a way that’s true to their sound. Wildly Swinging is bouncy and assures the album doesn’t lose any steam (its chorus is also fantastic).
I’ll Be There slows things down, but is powerful enough to keep your interest. A story of a family finding a new identity, it’s arguably the hidden gem of Comfort/Distraction. Connecting with your fans can be hard to do, but the band proves they’re capable of doing just that with mature storytelling. Stealing Sailboats and Life Is Rhythm are both very good, the latter being a short, thrashy track that leads into the ending song admirably. Full Of Hope is the eleventh and final track, but falls just short in terms of ending the album as strong as it began. It does seem to have potential to be a bit of a grower, however. Time will tell.
Broadway Calls have created a tried and true pop punk album, that leans more to the punk side of things. Yet they do it in a way that’s hard to fault due to it being so damn good, and catchy. If you aren’t a fan of them by the time you finish listening to Comfort/Distraction, it’s doubtful you ever will be. I strongly encourage everybody to check them out and pay attention to them in 2013.
Reviewer Score: B+
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