Artist: The Broadcast
Album: From The Horizon
Label: Self Released
Release Date: 06/17/2016
The Broadcast relocated to the burgeoning music mecca of Asheville, NC after beginning a few years ago in the NYC area. This is their second release and it finds the band straddling Americana, soul-pop, and jam band styles. Led by Caitlin Krisko, a front-woman with immense vocal pipes, their sound lies somewhere between the Graces (Slick and Potter), Nicki Bluhm and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Speaking of the latter and Potter, the Broadcast also summoned the talents of seven-time Grammy winning producer Jim Scott, who also guided Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones. Add to that stellar keyboardist John Ginty and it’s clear that this is a determined breakout effort. Scott says, “I think this record is very brave in the fact that it doesn’t follow a pattern or trend. It’s classically good music based on the music that we’ve all listened to from the ‘50s till today. It’s got soul, vibrancy, and life.” Scott invited the band to record in the desert of California and together the six piece band generated this lively, mostly relentless rocking collection of 11 tunes penned by Krisko and songwriting partner and guitarist Aaron Austin.
The Broadcast has already made an impact with their debut album, Dodge the Arrow, after which they were named “Best New Artist” and were runners-up for “Album of the Year” from Homegrown Music Network. The band made a concerted effort to tweak their sound in the Americana direction on this project blending soul, rock, country and blues. Says Krisko, “It feels incredible knowing there’s a desire among people out there for this style of music. As a front-woman, I am honored to be a part of the younger generation of bands who are able to thrive because of the foundation that has been laid for this style of music.”
You immediately get some blistering rock ‘n roll in the opening track, “Steamroller.” As the album unfolds, the music retains its punch due to Austin’s guitar, Ginty’s swirling B3 organ and the impressive, often thunderous power of Krisko’s vocals. Nonetheless, the sameness of the material begins to take its toll on a full album listen. A few outstanding tracks do break through including “On the Edge,” “Eyes of a Woman” and “Battle Cry.” The Broadcast is a robust unit and this album clearly sets them up for a promising tour and future releases.
– Jim Hynes
Head HERE to check out our recent premiere of “Sirens,” recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.