11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Broadway hails from Kissimmee, Fla., the group's studied approach to guitar-throttled punk-pop is so overflowing with post-adolescent urgency and sugarcoated song hooks that it'd be easy to mistake it for an Orange County band. Gentleman’s Brawl is chock-full of catchy songs, starting with the punch-throwing “Party at Sean’s House.” There’s honestly not one wasted track here—perhaps a result of the band honing its craft to a razor sharpness in the three long years it took off between albums. With gigantic crumbling walls of guitar distortion—and hamfisted Jake Garland drumming like he was kidnapped from a death metal band—“There’s No Crying in Baseball” is a rolling juggernaut and a sing-along standout. Sean Connors’ guitar work displays an otherworldly versatility, especially on the anthemic “Faster Faster,” where he effortlessly segues from melodious fingerpicking to ascending spiraled parts and hard-chugging riffs. Frontman Misha Camacho’s vocals teeter on the edge of manhood, sometimes nasally inflecting like a kid with hay fever on the title track and other times (as on “I Am Not a Rockstar”) wailing with an assertive swagger.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Broadway hails from Kissimmee, Fla., the group's studied approach to guitar-throttled punk-pop is so overflowing with post-adolescent urgency and sugarcoated song hooks that it'd be easy to mistake it for an Orange County band. Gentleman’s Brawl is chock-full of catchy songs, starting with the punch-throwing “Party at Sean’s House.” There’s honestly not one wasted track here—perhaps a result of the band honing its craft to a razor sharpness in the three long years it took off between albums. With gigantic crumbling walls of guitar distortion—and hamfisted Jake Garland drumming like he was kidnapped from a death metal band—“There’s No Crying in Baseball” is a rolling juggernaut and a sing-along standout. Sean Connors’ guitar work displays an otherworldly versatility, especially on the anthemic “Faster Faster,” where he effortlessly segues from melodious fingerpicking to ascending spiraled parts and hard-chugging riffs. Frontman Misha Camacho’s vocals teeter on the edge of manhood, sometimes nasally inflecting like a kid with hay fever on the title track and other times (as on “I Am Not a Rockstar”) wailing with an assertive swagger.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

AILDforever50 ,

Kingdoms was so much better :(

I understand the direction this band is trying to take, but for me it didn't work at all. All of these songs sound the same, there's basically no screams, and no awesome guitar riffs. Basically everything that made this band amazing has been removed.... Sad day.

ijustreviewthings ,

Uhhh What?

Kingdoms is probably one of the best albums ever... period.
After 3 years this band completely changed their sound! They jumped on the Punk Rock bandwagon like a lot of other bands. The lyrcis are EXTREMELY juvenile. Like what kind of lyrics are "I am so lazy" or "I am a rockstar" or "It is 4 am and I'm the only sober, all my friends are dancing on the living room sofa".
All the elements that made this band amazing before have been striped away- there are no breakdowns, screams, or wicked guitar riffs. This album has nothing unique about it that sets it apart from the rest of the thousands of other bands out there. Will I listen to it? Yes, will I enjoy it as much as Kingdoms? No way.
This band is nothing like what they used to be. I personally think this band was awesome before but now they are just another band, nothing special. Kingdoms is a 10/10 but this album.. 5/10.. on a good day.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ,

Sigh...

I feel like I'm watching all my favorite bands sell out... It's making me sad:(

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