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Broadway Calls

Broadway Calls: Broadway CallsBroadway Calls (2007)
State of Mind Recordings

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On their self-titled full-length, Broadway Calls reign in a bit of the latter and give a little more of the former on their pop-punk sound, but the result is a noticeable improvement on their Call the Medic... EP. With bold sing-along-able choruses, subtle hooks, and an overall diverse set of songs .
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On their self-titled full-length, Broadway Calls reign in a bit of the latter and give a little more of the former on their pop-punk sound, but the result is a noticeable improvement on their Call the Medic... EP. With bold sing-along-able choruses, subtle hooks, and an overall diverse set of songs on hand it's hard not to like a lot of what Broadway Calls does here.

The best comparison I can make here is the Loved Ones, as I can see any fan of Keep Your Heart clinging rather mightily to Broadway Calls (and this isn't the first time I've drawn that parallel). The newer material of Bay Area's First to Leave might also provide a sensible RIYL, for those who are familiar with the band anyway. The very opener, "Call It Off" is an absolute barnburner; listen to the energetic lines of "we hit the switch and call off all executions / call off all celebrations / this is the last song written" and try to resist singing along -- it's a challenge.

Broadway Calls love melody and spill it forth anywhere they can, but in smart, not-so-overbearing ways. "Van Rides and High Tides" closes wrapped in a mid-tempo, anthemic frame. "Escape from Capital Hill" uses vocal trade-offs to create a sense of urgency and excitement. The acoustic "Save Our Ship" and "Meet Me at Washington Park" seem to challenge Ty Vaughn's moderately shaky voice a bit more than usual, but he manages to ride his wave of confidence through both. "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours" is an interesting route for the band, with some deliberate, heavy upstroking, a medium pace, desperate, eyes-clenched singing, and a serious coating of melancholy -- it sounds like nothing else on the album, really, and stands out for that reason.

Overall, Broadway Calls is definitely a little lengthy for my liking, but it still surpasses my expectations, adding yet another solid release to State of Mind's growing discography.

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Call It Off
Back to Oregon
Classless Reunion

 

 
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Alkaline Trio - GoddamnitThe Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundThe Loved Ones - Keep Your HeartThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!Broadway Calls - Good Views, Bad NewsThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldDear Landlord - Dream HomesOff With Their Heads - From The BottomDead to Me - Cuban BallerinaThe Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim

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literamaniac (June 28, 2010)

If this had been an EP with just tracks 1-7, it'd be my favorite Broadway Calls release. Album is still solid, but the second half kinda drags. "Good Views, Bad News" is more consistent, but it lacks anything quite as awesome as "Back to Oregon", "Three Weeks" or "Suffer the Kids"

sundowning10 (April 15, 2009)

Recently got signed to SideOneDummy, finally gonna get the credit they deserve. They are soon touring with up-and-coming band The Menzingers. these guys are on the way up.

hazard_racoon (January 6, 2009)

great. nice song!

janed0e (May 24, 2008)

"Push and the Land Is Ours" is an interesting route for the band, with some deliberate, heavy upstroking, a medium pace, desperate, eyes-clenched singing, and a serious coating of melancholy -- it sounds like nothing else on the album, really, and stands out for that reason."

uh that's because it's a cover of The Smiths song "A rush and a push and the land is ours"

wow

AlmostPunkEnough (February 21, 2008)

such a great, fun, happy-as-hell disc.

wound up being my fourth favorite on my end of 07 list.

xshigox (February 7, 2008)

this cd is great!!
only 1 song that do not like
you are a fool if you don't give this a listen to
you are a tool if you don't like it
but what do i know

jakethelifeguard (October 19, 2007)

hecka good cd,
great live show.
plus its not easy goin from hardcore to pop punk.
straight up
and hella nice guys at that

Anonymous (July 12, 2007)

I have to say after listening to songs from this it seems pretty average glossy pop punk, the score seems right maybe even a little generous. Not bad by any means just nothing special.

- JD

Anonymous (July 11, 2007)

rad record...too bad it is coming out on a shitty label with shitty distro!

callitawasteland (July 11, 2007)

love the record! love the dudes! this album will define this particular time of my life.

connman73 (July 11, 2007)

This is probably one of my favorite cds. Everytime it is playing I just can't help but get into it and sing at the top of my lungs. They have really catchy melodic tunes that can get everyone from pop to hardcore fans all riled up. Not only this they have an amazing live show where everyone watching ends up by the end of the night soaked in sweat, tired, and having a sore throat from singing loudly and dancing to the music. All in all a great cd from a great band

frostbrewliner (July 11, 2007)

A agree it is a bit lengthy, esspecially for a pop punk record but hot shit its catchy.

Anonymous (July 10, 2007)

on my top 10 list, this band is the shit!

tylerdurden8136 (July 10, 2007)

Great, great summer album. Reminds me of old Saves the Day.

Anonymous (July 10, 2007)

I love this album.

AphasiacIIC (July 10, 2007)

"as I can see any fan of Keep Your Heart clinging rather mightily to Broadway Calls"

well heres one exception so far..

Anonymous (July 10, 2007)

Good things come to those who wait.. The wait is over!

ihateallofyou (July 10, 2007)

This album will grow on anyone, its great. Also, go see these guys live, you will love them, best NOFX cover ever.

Anonymous (July 10, 2007)

a rush and a push is a smiths cover, should probably be mentioned in your criticism.

elephantdwarf (July 10, 2007)

i really liked their ep. i like a lot of parts about this album, too. some of it, however, reminds me a bit too much of green day. and not old green day, but the newer stuff. the first song is really, really good though.

Anonymous (July 10, 2007)

AMAZING CD!

In my top 20 for the year for sure

onegirlarmy (July 10, 2007)

Awesome dudes and a great record.

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