Who? Broadway Calls sprang out of the teeny town of Rainier, Oregon in late 2005 after vocalist/guitarist Ty Vaughn and drummer Josh Baird made their exit from Countdown to Life, the metalcore act they'd been tearing things up with for several years prior. Bassist/vocalist Matt Koenig and Josh's guitarist brother Robert Baird signed on to cement the fledgling pop-punk group, and within a year, the quartet had released its first EP, Call the Medic. Broadway Calls' ultra-catchy self-titled long-player followed this earlier summer through the State of Mind imprint.
What's the Deal? Too much passing for pop-punk nowadays so easily triggers irritation that it's easy to get down on the entire genre. But then albums like Broadway Calls surface boasting songs like "Van Rides and High Tides," where charging guitars give way to a buoyant chorus proclaiming, "My heart beats faster every night / Please let this last forever," and suddenly you're 15 again, singing your heart out in some kid's basement, smiling and dancing like an idiot with 50 of your er, closest friends. Melodic romps like the vigorous "Escape from Capitol Hill" and "Call It Off" will touch a nerve with fans of the Loved Ones and Latterman, while the pounding and obscenely catchy "Suffer the Kids" is sure to get every ass in the room shaking.
Fun Fact: During a recent backyard gig in Brooklyn, Broadway Calls wasn't exactly the entire block's favorite group. The band took on heavy paintball fire from onlookers in an adjacent building during their set -- apparently, the neighbors didn't appreciate the Jawbreaker cover as much as the mosh pit outside did.ï¿½
Now Hear This:Broadway Calls - "Back to Oregon" DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web:Broadway Calls at MySpace
Talk: Will you answer if Broadway Calls?