BROADSIDE – Into The Raging Sea

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: Sharptone Records
Released: 2020
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Band line-up:

Oliver Baxxter – Vocals
Domenic Reid – Guitar
Patrick Diaz – Bass
Jeff Nichols – Drums

Tracklisting:

1 The Raging Sea (3:00)
2 Foolish Believer (3:41)
3 Overdramatic (3:22)
4 Nights Alone (3:20)
5 Heavenly (2:51)
6 Clarity (3:49)
7 Dancing On The Ceiling (With You) (3:39)
8 Seasons (3:08)
9 Breathe You In (3:40)
10 The Setting Sun (3:28)
11 Burning At Both Ends (2:41)

Review

BROADSIDE is the liberating sound of persistence and determination.

Oliver Baxxter grew up in a trailer park, sharing a room with his mother, stepfather, and brother. When he was 11, his stepdad died, leaving him fatherless for a second time. Even when the family moved into a better home, in Richmond, Virginia, Ollie felt worthless. Fast forward to young adulthood when his band, BROADSIDE, crested on a wave of two well-received pop-punk albums and tours across America and Europe, only to come crashing down with lineup changes and behind-the-scenes frustrations. That familiar feeling of isolation returned. And it lit a fire.

Like the kid who fell in love with Harry Potter, American literature, and folklore; who packed his cassette player full of Joy Division, The Cure, and The Smiths; who discovered Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the aggressive pulse of hardcore in his teens; adult Ollie dusted himself off and leapt forward. The result is a brand-new BROADSIDE record crafted with his three best friends. Into the Raging Sea is 13 energised songs of rebirth and renewal.

Into the Raging Sea demonstrates all the raw emotions and feelings that were channeled into creating this brilliant album. Throughout each song, there is this sense of power and energy that comes from Ollie’s lyrics and sets the scene of his past experiences.

The title track, The Raging Sea, is a calm melody which is preceded by heavier sounds in the last 50 seconds. This helped create a foundation of what to expect throughout the rest of the album. Although I did find some of the songs to sound quite generic/similar, they were nonetheless great and often found myself singing along to the catchy choruses or verses such as Dancing On The Ceiling (With You), which ultimately became one of my favourite tracks of the album.

In a recent interview with Ollie, he stated that one of his favourite tracks is Seasons. This is due to him confessing about the problems he faced with his emotions. This is heavily apparent in the song through the lyrics and the sounds provided by Reid’s guitar, Diaz’s bass, and Nichols’ drums.

The setting of emotion and reflection carries from the start to finish on Burning At Both Ends, which seems to reflect the title track in terms of tempo but it seems suggestive of acceptance based on the choice of lyrics. Alongside this, this track does a brilliant job in concluding the album and is a welcoming addition to their discography!

Into The Raging Sea will be released on 24th July 2020 via SharpTone Records.

Review by Rossy Maguire
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