WORDS : MALVIKA PADIN
Virginia-based pop punkers Broadside made waves with two well-received pop-punk albums and tours across America and Europe, before line-up changes and behind-the-scenes frustrations weighed them down. But unwilling to let anything bog down their love for music, the quartet – Ollie Baxxter (vocals),Pat Diaz (bass), Jeff Nichols (drums), Domenic Reid (guitar)-channelled their emotions into their upcoming record, Into the Raging Sea.
‘ve been drinking in this dream for so long, it’s almost become all I know. I’m not ready to let it go, not yet
Produced by Seth Henderson (State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends), the authentic, defiant 13-track record emphasizes the strengths of the band’s early sound, while demonstrating creative ambition.
Speaking of the inspiration behind the album, vocalist Ollie Baxxter says, “ Growth, ultimately. The third record is where bands at our level usually sink into the void of forgotten bands. I’ve been drinking in this dream for so long, it’s almost become all I know. I’m not ready to let it go, not yet. So I’m hoping this is the record that puts me where I’ve been trying to get to.”
Further delving into the band’s growth, and this new era of music they’ve moved into, Ollie adds, “ Most of the songs you will hear on this record were recorded as they were demoed in my apartment a few winters ago. It never happens like that anymore. Jeff ( our drummer) and I really clicked for two people who have never written a song, let alone an album together. We aren’t trying to compete anymore; we are trying to carve our own place. It happened very organically”
Getting to this place in their lives and career, hasn’t been easy for BROADSIDE or Ollie. Describing the band’s career as “ climbing on ice”, Ollie says, “We have had a fair share of ups and on the swing of it, terrible things as well. I’m so lucky to have been touring for 10 years but damn, when will I be able to pay the phone bill that has connected me to my audience for the last, almost decade. This band needs to take off. Or ultimately, it’ll destroy me.”
The most frustrating part of making music is accepting that this is the best melody you have in you for a particular part
This kind of pressure unsurprisingly breeds some amount of frustration, “ The most frustrating part of making music is accepting that this is the best melody you have in you for a particular part. Sometimes it clicks like a puzzle. Others, you can sing 25 different ways and only half will be good. It’s hard to know which to let sail off into the ocean, eternally representing your name/band.”
Moving away from the listeners, to his own perception of their music, Ollie reveals his personal favourite tracks from this latest record. He says,” I really connect with the song Seasons. A lot of my family struggle with a different diagnosis of Bipolar. The song is about how you can anchor yourself to an image of someone or a physical person and use that anchor to swing you back to ” the light”. It clicks and consumes you….it’s terrible and I just really wanted to write about that in a way that feels digestible. I change, now and again, like the seasons.”
While on the topic of changes, Ollie describes the what the ideal future for Broadside would look like, “ Bigger rooms. We want a sound to fill a large room. A lot of production. Like what BMTH and The 1975 are doing except our sound. Whatever the hell that is.”
The future isn’t set in stone – because it never is. So, for now Ollie focuses on the things that give him happiness ; his miniature dachshund, Leo and the memory of the band from Richmond, Virginia, playing to a crowd of enthusiastic, supportive crowd of 700 in Germany which he describes as “ one of those moments I’ll smile in public thinking to myself about. Forever.”
Into The Raging Sea is out on July 24th Sharptone Records