Summer is for pop-punk and pop-punk is for summer. Between Warped Tour, festivals and pretty much every pop-punk album feeling sunny, it’s always been that way. That’s why Broadside’s second full-length is basically the ultimate summer album.
It’s pop-punk, sure, but more than that, these Virginia chaps have taken the catchiest songs they can muster, put them through a blissed-out Instagram filter and turned up the heat for the most sunkissed half-hour you’ll have this year.
The keys on opener ‘Hidden Colors’ are all palm trees and boiling asphalt, and set the tone nicely. There’s ukulele on ‘Who Cares’, slide guitar on ‘I Love You I Love You It’s Disgusting’, and before long you’ll be ordering Hawaiian shirts and Googling flights to the aforementioned Warped Tour. Guaranteed (sort of).
But just because it’s fun doesn’t mean ‘Paradise’ is devoid of meaning or power. Vocalist Oli Baxxter’s sultry, soulful voice shines throughout, notably on big, traumatic anthem ‘Laps Around A Picture Frame’, which marks him out as one of the scene’s standout vocalists.
This might lack the aggression and urgency of the band’s raging first album, but it packs in more than enough rays of sunshine to push Broadside onto bigger – and certainly brighter – things.