Crashing Broadway: Traveling the Road to Success

Crashing Broadway is an exciting new band from Tupelo whose rockin’ songs are absolutely memorable and heartfelt.  Doing it all in the grand DIY fashion, the band has recently unleashed a dynamic new album entitled The Words Crossed Out – and it’s destined to bring the CB crew a good deal of attention from music fans and industry types alike.  They’ve opened for some fairly big names, and are destined to see their own moniker in bright marquee lights within further days, if their infectious tunes and live shows are indications of thing to come.  We traveled the vast highways of the Internet and spoke with one of the members of Crashing Broadway to find out more about this amazing up and coming entity.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Crashing Broadway, and how long the band has been together.
Hey guys! My name is TeeJay Timms and I play lead guitar for Crashing Broadway. We’ve been together about 2 years now.

Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Tupelo, MS. It’s a very tough music scene seeing as we’re a rock band in the heart of country music. Fortunately, we’ve been able to build up a very strong, dedicated fan base in the region. There are plenty of other good local bands who should not go unnoticed. One of my favorites are Foreverandnever. They have a very raw, natural appeal to them and the music is very good for exercising your brain. I’d recommend finding them for sure.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Words Crossed Out?
On this album, we decided to take a “Me vs You” approach. For the most part, the songs are very personal and reflect situations in our own lives. The album reflects things that we may have wanted to say once, but never did – hence The Words Crossed Out. We also aimed to stay relative to the outside world. My personal goal for the album was for someone to hear it and think “Hey, these guys are just like me.” I believe that’s a hard concept to grasp these days and I’d love to have a helping hand in bringing that back!

Select two songs from The Words Crossed Out and what inspired the lyrics.
Back To Low – This song was very personal to my own life. I believe everyone has experienced a time where they stayed in constant emotional turmoil; happy one minute, sad the next. My favorite line is the last one of the chorus “Every time I get high, you bring me back to low.” It basically explains what the rest of the song is leading up to – just when things are getting better, there’s the reminder of why they aren’t already better.

Freedom to Choose – Besides the obvious points and reference to the troops, we wanted to gear this song to be more personal than most pro-military songs. The object of this song is that of a letter from a soldier to his or her significant other. We tried to hit that nerve where the real emotion sets in and sets the song to be about the people in uniform individually, instead of the troops as a whole. I want each person to hear that and say “I know exactly what he’s talking about. I’ve been there, I’ve lived that feeling, and I deal with it every day.” Fortunately for me, those emotions end with the song; but to millions of Americans who leave loved ones behind to go defend our freedom, it is everyday life. Also, I this serves as a great token of appreciation for the men and women who serve this country!

What could one expect from a live Crashing Broadway show?
We have a very high energy, entertaining live show. We don’t like to think of ourselves primarily as musicians, but as entertainers. We want to do more than just play the music for the fans – that’s what the CD is for. We want them to feel like they are part of the family because they are, in fact, the beating heart and the lifeline of Crashing Broadway. If there were no them, there would be no us – and each live show is our way of thanking them for that!

Has Crashing Broadway ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
Unfortunately, we have not but we plan to do so in the very near future. Also, I must add that I won’t be mad at all if our first show in California is with Steel Panther!

How easy or difficult was it to pretty much record and release The Words Crossed Out on your own?
It’s not easy at all. You go into the process thinking that writing the album will be the most difficult part. For us, that turned out to be the easiest. It’s very difficult being an independent band with no financial backing to get such things as: a solid recorded album, distribution, merchandise, equipment, transportation, professional photos… goes on and on. So it’s taken us a while, but we’ve saved our money collectively and paid for all of the above so we’re definitely in a great position to embrace the right opportunity when it comes along!

Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for and what was the experience like?
We’ve gotten to open for bands such as Framing Hanley, Nonpoint, and even Spin Doctors, but my personal favorite experience was opening for Puddle of Mudd. We were not originally on the show, but were scheduled to play acoustically at a private party for the band the night before. The singer, Wes, got up and did some songs with us and liked us so much that he made the promoter add us to the show. It was a very rewarding experience that I will never forget. I hope that I’m in that position one day and can make something come true for another band.

Is there any story behind the band name Crashing Broadway and does anyone in the band have any secret acting aspirations?
The name was created to fit the image we were aiming to portray. We were going for “proper with edge.” That’s the best way I can explain it. Though we don’t really keep it a secret, I want to be an actor terribly someday when all is said and done. I studied a lot of Theater in college and I’d love to put all I’ve learned to the test!

Has Crashing Broadway had any label interest so far?
We have been fortunate enough to have a good bit of label interest, but sadly, I’m not able to disclose any information regarding the subject (but that’s good news!).

What’s up next for Crashing Broadway?
Right now, we are currently in the works on setting up a nationwide tour in the early spring, so make sure you be on the lookout for us!

Any final words of wisdom?
I’ll leave you all with a great quote from one of my favorite artists of all time, Stevie Wonder – “Use your heart to love someone; and if it’s big enough, use your heart to love everyone!

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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