Listen: Broadside gets serious on ‘Laps Around a Picture Frame’

With a handful of days left until the release of their sophomore album, Broadside has released yet another new tune from the upcoming album. On Friday (June 9), the Virginia-based band unveiled the audio for their third single, “Laps Around a Picture Frame.” Unlike most of their other tunes, this one starts off with a surprise as the vocals are not those of vocalist Oliver Baxxter, but rather guitarist Dorian Cooke.

According to the group this was done on purpose to show two different people suffering from the same exact medical issue. “We wanted to capture two completely different humans having the exact same mental breakdown,” explains Cooke about the new song in a press release. “We wrote the music, lyrics, and arrangement around a panic attack in a crowded environment. Even the name is an exercise for panic attacks taught to me by a therapist. The persona I represent is of someone that’s on the higher end of the social spectrum – someone popular and beautiful on the outside, but has that constant struggle internally.”

Like Cooke, Baxxter portrays someone who also suffers from panic attacks, but unlike Cooke’s character, comes from another side of the social spectrum. “I portray a young female persona shaped by the harshness of her environment, which is a story shared with me by a close friend whenever she is in a public setting. I know it’s something much more common than people tend to show.” Listen to the new song above.

“Laps Around a Picture Frame” will join previously released tracks “Puzzle Pieces,” “Hidden Colors,” and “Paradise” on Broadside’s upcoming album, ParadiseParadise is set to be released this Friday, June 16, through Victory Record. Pre-orders are still available here. All pre-orders will include an instant download of “Puzzle Pieces.”

Last week, Broadside concluded their spring tour with Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, and Nothing, Nowhere. Recently, the group announced a pair of music festivals gigs including Syke Fest which will take July 15 in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia as well as a headlining gig at the Sophomore Slump Fest in Greensboro, NC on Aug. 5.

Watch Broadside channel ‘Paradise’ in new video

Nearly two weeks after dropping their colorful music video for “Hidden Colors,” Broadside has returned with a new music video for another new song of their impending sophomore record. On Friday (May 26), the Virginia-based band released their beach-inspired music video for “Paradise.” The three-minute clip opens with the band set up in what looks like a sound stage. The sound stage is set up to look like a beach with sand scattered all over the floor, a white screen showing projections behind the band’s instrumental set up, and the guys looking like the missing members of Grease‘s T-Birds with their white t-shirts, rolled up jeans, and black sunglasses.

As they begin to perform in the sand, they guys are soon assaulted by flying beach balls and fake seagulls that make direct bee-lines to them. Midway through the clip, the camera shift to the sand where Polaroids are scattered on the ground. The images begin to shift every couple of milliseconds showing different pictures. As it turns out, all the images showcased in the clip are courtesy of Broadside’s fans. The group asked their fan base to submit what their own vision of paradise looked like with their visions ending up in the final clip.

“Whatever adds value to your life, you need to chase it,” explains Broadside frontman Oliver Baxxter. “Life is a journey, and it should be documented and valued forever, so we wanted to give our fans an opportunity to share their version of paradise with us, and share their special moments in our music video. Thank you to everyone for letting us take a peek at your paradise.” Watch the music video for “Paradise” above.

“Paradise” will join previously released tracks “Puzzle Pieces” and “Hidden Colors” on Broadside’s upcoming album, Paradise. Paradise is set to be released on June 16 through Victory Records with pre-orders currently available here. In support of Paradise‘s release, Broadside is currently on tour with Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, and Nothing, Nowhere. The spring tour will conclude on June 9 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago. The remaining tour dates can be seen here.

Broadside drops video for ‘Hidden Colors’

Broadside has returned with a brand new music for another new track off their impending new album. On Thursday (May 11), the Virginia-based band took to Twitter to promise fans that once their post reached a total of 616 re-tweets they would release their music video for “Hidden Colors.” At first, the number of re-tweets requested may have seemed strange, but it turns out that 616 is the date their new album is set to hit store.

Two hours after the initial post, the post reached the requested re-tweets with the band keeping their promise by releasing the music video for “Hidden Colors.”

The over-three-minute clip primarily features the band performing inside of what looks like a warehouse with graffiti all over the walls. Almost a minute into the clip, the graffiti changes from normal colors to neon paint thanks to the help of what we can assume is a black light. Let’s just say the guys no longer look like they’re performing inside a depleted warehouse that’s about to crash all around them, but rather, a cool night club.

When asked about the inspiration about the song, vocalist Oliver Baxxter revealed what it’s about. “We wanted to represent the women in our life with the utmost respect and how grateful we are for them.”

He adds: “We live in a very romantic time, but not enough people are focusing on where the romance actually comes from, the pure undying desire for love. ‘Hidden Colors’ is about young lovers in the night. It’s about telling that person just what you appreciate about them. You can NEVER tell someone enough how much they actually mean to you.”

Watch the music video for “Hidden Colors” above.

“Hidden Colors” will join lead single “Puzzle Pieces” on Broadside’s sophomore album, Paradise. Paradise is set to be released on June 16 through Victory Records. Pre-orders for the new record are currently available here. Those who pre-order Paradise will be given an instant download of “Puzzle Pieces.”

Just in time for the release of their new album, Broadside will be hitting the road with Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Nothing, Nowhere. The spring tour officially kicked off last night (May 11) at Ace of Spades in Sacramento. Tonight, Broadside and company will perform at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour stops can be seen below.

REAL FRIENDS/ HAVE MERCY/ BROADSIDE SPRING TOUR DATES:

5/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
5/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
5/13 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
5/14 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/15 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
5/17 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/18 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
5/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
5/20 – Lafayette, LA @ Warehouse 535 (Broadside only)
5/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/22 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
5/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/24 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
5/25 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
5/26 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater
5/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Undergrown
5/28 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
5/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
5/31 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
6/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/02 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
6/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
6/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
6/06 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
6/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
6/09 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall