Say ‘hello’ to Broadheds. An unexpected musical offering for sure, but shape-shifting from the delicate melodies of his band Eulogies to ska-infused punkish rock is a transition that Dangerbird Records co-founder Peter Walker has taken seriously; hence enlisting the likes of Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN) on bass, Fitz & the Tantrums sax man James King and Denny Weston Jr (Earlimart, the Kooks) on drums. Broadheds’ 13-track, self titled debut checks in at under 30 minutes (which is totally punk rock), scratches with rawness and youthful agitation yet fine-tuned undertones that don’t undermine Walker’s energy. It’s a dichotomy in the listening, no more so than when a breakneck pace is pitted against the out-of-sight and off-the-wall brassy wailing from King’s saxophone in the track “Nothing That I Care About.” Feel free to get to downloading it right here.
Accompanying the listening, the album comes with a 64-page booklet created by visual artist Mark Todd who sat in during the band’s 3 1/2 day recording blitzkrieg and it’s pretty dynamic, eye-involving stuff. The album hits the streets on Tuesday, April 9th and Broadheds will celebrate it with a CD release show that night at Bootleg Bar. Shows to date are:
April 3rd @ Sainte Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
April 9th @ Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA (CD release show)
April 10th @ Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, CA
Broadheds may be a momentary flex of Walker’s creative muscles but it’s a good one worth paying attention to.