Release Date: Feb 5, 2013
Record label: No Sleep Records
It’s a well know fact that pop-punk, as we know it today, is a genre built on the backs of three-piece bands; a long and rich tradition, including the likes of such veteran acts as Blink-182, Green Day and MxPx. These tight units of drums, guitar and bass have become ubiquitous among purists and the mainstream alike as tried and true and seminal. More remarkably, the masters behind the genre are still accepted and celebrated within the tight knit DIY scenes of their ancestry long after entering into radio rotation.
Broadway Calls sound like lifelong students of pop-punk on their latest album, Comfort/Distraction.Three albums in and the band sound like it knows its genre inside-out, allowing the songwriting to move in somewhat progressive directions for what can often be a very straightforward style. Not many bands could pull off the chugging guitar lines on "Minus One" and "Open Letter" while still maintaining their genre's core. Ditto for the stabbing dissonance of "Zombie World" and the classic-rock swing of "I'll Be There." More bands should take these kinds of chances.Unfortunately, the lyrical content isn't as daring.