Crashing Into The Big Leagues with Broadside
Based out of the thriving Richmond, VA music scene, Broadside is a pop punk collective ready to crash into the big leagues. Victory Records recently issued Old Bones, Broadside’s debut full length – jammed packed with wildly infectious tunes that will make you want to launch headfirst into the slam pit and rage! Destined to be touring along the endless highways of the USA and beyond now their Victory released has been unleashed, we caught up with Broadside’s front man Ollie to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Broadside, and how the band has been in existence.
My name is Oliver or Ollie whichever works and I sing/complain in Broadside. I’ve been in this band for about 3 years now but they existed a few years before I joined.
Where is Broadside based out of and what is the local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is a pretty hardcore/punk city. It’s filled with incredible hardworking bands like Bracewar, Gwar, Conditions, Down To Nothing, Avail, Break Away, Naysayer just to name a few!
How did you wind up being signed with Victory Records?
I was filling in for my friends in a band called July who were on tour with Hit The Lights and Major League while Broadside was on a hiatus. On the last day we got an email from Victory asking if we were interested in a showcase. I called each member individually and we decided to make the trip to Chicago when I got back home. We drove from VA on no sleep and immediately played for Victory in a small studio with sunken eyes, nervous as fuck.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Old Bones?
It’s not exactly a concept album but the idea is progression and how you become weathered and tired from every action you make in life. Old Bones is just what it feels like is holding my skin together sometimes.
Select two songs from Old Bones and what inspired the lyrics.
“Damaged Kids” is the reflection of respect for what bands did for me as a teenager. I wanted to create a sort of “anthem” for our fans that says, “yes we’re incredibly stressed, afraid, lonely, sick, yes we’re damaged, but not fuckin’ broken.”
“Old Bones” it reflects on the moment in my life I decided to run away from the normalcy of acceptance in “adulthood” and “turn my back and run against the setting sun”.
What could one expect from a live Broadside show?
I dance a whole lot; I think I’m Bruno Mars. I also try to talk/get as close to people as possible.
If Broadside could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
One Direction, because I want to hate myself in front of 50,000 people.
Has Broadside ever played in the Los Angeles / Orange County area or plan to do so in the future?
We absolutely plan on it! We recorded our album in North Hollywood, LA/Fairfax area is my absolute dream destination. So it’s only a matter of time, honestly.
What are you looking forward to the most about the Today’s Mixtape Festival in August? That seems like quite a lineup!
To watch the bands honestly. ETID, State Champs, The Movielife… It’s insane and not to mention the after party — ANDREW W.K!!! We’re so beyond honored to play with these bands.
Do you like playing acoustic and would you like to an acoustic tour or album?
Dorian and I are really into cool vocal runs and other Justin Beiber/Usher shit that other bands hate on haha. We love acoustic and do it every opportunity we get.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
Last night I lost my wallet and phone, THAT WAS TERRIFYING! But hmm, let me see, anytime something goes wrong with the van it’s scary for two reasons: the show could be cancelled or we are too broke to fix it.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Original Glaze, open for interpretation – it’s classic. The OG.
What’s up next for Broadside?
We are currently (I’m literally typing this on an iPhone in the van) on tour with our friends from Orlando, FL. They are called Old Again. After Mixtape Festival in August, we have a few things in the works! Tour, tour, tour.
Any final words of wisdom?
If there’s a chance and life allows some clearing and opportunity, sell what you have to, stay up all night, shake hands with old enemies, break the mold and comfort… Take the chance because it might not come back again.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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