It’s refreshing as hell to find something to distract you when the world seems like it is on the verge of caving in. 2020 can suck all the butts as far as I am concerned, but then again if this crap year were to somehow disappear, we would all miss out on Broadway Calls dropping the greatest pop punk album I’ve heard this year.
Released on July 10th on Red Scare, I opted to listen to this a few times throughout before tossing my thoughts on this here ol’ blog. Sometimes you just need to take in something this good to appreciate it even more. The album made me think, pulled on the old heartstrings, and even invoked a childhood fear of mine.
“If my country collapses, can I crash on your couch” started the album off on “Never Take Us Alive.” This plaintive reality of a track basically was a full-forced promise of not giving up fighting what’s right.
“You Gotta Know” is easily one of my favorite songs currently. I adored this track for all it was worth. Might have to borrow this one to prove to the wife she still drives me crazy in a good way. I seriously can not get this song out of my head.
Album title track “Sad in the City” was just so likable as it tore into the blatant imbalance causing pain and sorrow. With talking about bombs and death in the street, this was not intended to be tongue-in-cheek but more so a nod at hope for change.
“Radiophobia” was an 80s nightmare regarding nuclear meltdowns (check out the video below). Turns out, the track was based on actual events from Ty Vaughn’s childhood as he grew up around reactors. I actually grew up fearing the Perry Nuclear Powerplant in Ohio, so I get it and sided with this track a ton. Those smokestacks still freak me the hell out.
“Meet Me on the Moon” was an amorous tune eluding to not wanting to give up the night with a special someone. Looking deeper into this one, it’s possible no one wants to be alone during a time like this.
Album closer “Went Dyin'” catered to my old punk rock self so much. I appreciated the suffering in this one as it reminded me where I came from, what I’v been through, and where it has taken me. My mentality was molded and healed from tunes like this because, as cliche as it might sound, punk rock saved my life. True story.
It’s been 7 years since these Oregon punkers have dropped something and as far as I’m concerned, Broadway Calls saved this year. Sad in the City is just perfect from start to finish, full of catchy jams, and just begs to be heard. That’s not to say this is a happy, joyful collection of anthems. This album hits at the bullshit reality thats been draining our collective mentality.
Missing out on this album would not be in your best interest, especially if you fancy punk tunes. Trust me on this.