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Broadcaster A MILLION HOURS Album Music review

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Broadcaster A MILLION HOURS Album Music review
New LP From Broadcaster

New LP From Broadcaster

Broadcaster
A Million Hours
Jump Start Records

Music Review, this review concerns the Vinyl version of A Million Hours.

It’s very hard to walk away from this LP without a smile on your face, and while that smile is there because of the catchy pop rock music that Broadcaster plays so well, there is also a slight feeling of sadness that this LP gives the listener.

All of the songs are catchy and well played, with some nice theremin thrown into “Jamie” and some very solid guitar work by Jesse Litwa. That’s all well and good, and it’s a very enjoyable listen. The sadness or depth that this band portrays on this album, makes it worth multiple listens.

My personal favorite song is “Tomorrow”, not only for the “I fought the Law” style opening, and the hooks, but because the chorus of “oohhh”, the middle break and the idea that in this song I started to understand that all was not right with the people portrayed on this album.

Side one has all the catchy rock songs, complete with wonderful singing and tight playing. The second side, and maybe this is me reading to much into things, has more of the desperate search for self and resignation of “this is how things are”.

What I started to hear in “Tomorrow” and continues on side two with “I don’t wanna talk to anyone” is a realization that the world makes no sense and that fitting in never happens now matter how far away you get from that alienated alone person from your adolescence.

“Comfortable” says “I Wish I didn’t feel a goddam thing” and “I want to feel comfortable in my own skin”, things that resonate with me, because even at my advancing age those things probably will never come to pass. It’s something that stuck with me on this record, and it made me want to relay to the band, that No, you don’t ever feel comfortable in your own skin, you just keeping moving along trying to understand what the hell it all means to you.

I enjoy this band, and I’m glad I found them with the help of Bear Trap PR. It’s bands like this that take a simple idea of playing punk rock with some hooks, refining their sound over a few albums and then adding some weighty subjects that make me glad that I still search out new music. It’s not an easy thing to do, maybe you can crank out some classic punk or rock music in your head , delivering every time, but I find I want to hang onto those bands that do for me, cause in a way their doing what I can’t with a song, expressing my thoughts to others.

I also like the nice touch of fuzzy bass in “The World turns Grey” it gives it a nice discolored fuzziness to the song, a bit of a greyish overtone.

In the song “Ribbons” I can totally relate to the author, saying “and I lost a lot of Friends, Cause I can’t have a conversation with them”. I feel that awkwardness about life and myself, I worry that I will bump into someone I went to school with years ago and I’ll have to talk about myself. It’s the worse thing , besides eating a moldy peach, that could happen to me.

I highly recommend this record to any who enjoys music, not just the thrill of hearing that catchy chorus or sweet guitar solo or a good beat. No I think this record has layers that maybe someone enjoying for the pure hookiness of it all won’t get unless they listen to it more than three times.

Plus, this is a good band to see live, lots of energy, lots of fun, and you can tell they can play and that they enjoy what they are doing.
You can stream the full album on the bands bandcamp site. Please go there, listen to the album a few times and then leave some feedback for this review.

Broadcaster Bandcamp
Jump Start Records

Music Review by Brad Bugos brad@fatrobotradio.com

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