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An Interview With Broadwing

A fresh release from Broadwing hits a sweet spot that lives between pop punk and a more aggressive rock undertone that all comes together to have an insanely youthful and addictive vibe that hits elements of seriousness and fun at the same time.

"Repeat" comes in with a great radio swagger and the song boasts a ton of character along with a clear love for the craft of songwriting which is incredibly evident as the track is very well arranged and woven.

This single is meant for the airwaves and has everything you could want out of a radio pop punk song although again, it's not just a pop punk song at all.

Throughout the verses you get a heavier undertone with those guitars and the whole feel of the song has a colorful but very edgy style to it.

Having said that, the chorus is completely massive and it's something that bounces around in your head for hours after the song has ended.

The only way to satiate this is to listen to the song again and to me, that's some smart songwriting.

I think the most impressive thing about this is a style combination of genres that work so well together that you can't even tell they're separate.

That alternative rock backbone is always there in those choruses, but you also have that pop-oriented approach that makes the song as catchy as it is.

By the end of the track everything completely explodes and layers on top of each other to create this gigantic almost anthemic feeling which is super memorable.

I love the balance of youthfulness and maturity that exists within the walls of this song because it makes it all the more enticing and alluring as both of these aspects are relatable.

This track has a ton of drive and really shows the band's presence enough to the point where it makes you want to see them live in person just to see if that energy is there like it is on the recording.

Keep in mind, to get an energy like these guys get on a recording is not an easy thing to situate.

A key factor and a track like this are the performance and delivery of pretty much everything.

You can have a song that's written as a single and it's put together and arranged perfectly but if that delivery isn't there or the performance is weak vocally or doesn't match up on the guitars in some way, then nothing ends up connecting.

All these things were definitely thought out when creating this song, so you have something that's impactful and sticks with you.

With the release of such an awesome single, we wanted to have a sit-down with Broadwing to find out where this track came from and what it really means along with what might be coming up next for the band.

Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with your three latest singles, specifically 'repeat'! This single was ultra fun and catchy with a whole new blend of genres and a feature from Tom Denney! How did this track come about?

Thank you, we're so glad you vibe with the song! Repeat started with 3 or 4 chords on the acoustic and just riffing on words. Dave came up with the chorus melody and lyrics almost instantly while playing with the chords on loop but the rest of the song came later. After a couple weeks of grinding the adult life in a job we didn't like, the day to day mundane felt like the same day repeating itself over and over for like two weeks straight like it was all the one day and Dave was going nuts. A couple moments end of day in the colder months in Maine left us reminiscing over old times with friends down at warped tour in the warm weather and how different times have been since then so we worked to make a demo of the song. Initially we framed it out on acoustic mostly and we wrote a beat over it with some custom synths because we knew we wanted a modern sound on it. Dave met Tom through a podcast episode at the time together and hit it off right away. Tom really liked our single "This Year." and was recently speaking to his manager about how he wanted to work on some modern Pop Punk blended alt stuff so we jumped right in together. We sent Tom the demo of repeat and came up with the finished song and flew down to shoot the music video in Florida all within like a month and a half it was crazy. Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist? When did you fall in love with music?

We both grew up playing percussion in the school programs in the 3rd grade so we started young in music but didn't get into the punk and metal scene until highschool. In highschool and college time Dave and Gage were actually in a hardcore band together(and the same marching band - nerds we know) at that time before Gage went off to join the Marine band on percussion and Dave went off to study music production in school in NH. After Dave finished school in 2014 he had already been in several bands that had dispersed over the years and wanted to start something that would fuse together some of the other influences he had in pop and rap music so Broadwing started in 2015 in a barn in Alton, NH writing indie songs trying to figure out what the project was supposed to be. Initially the band went through some member changes and dropped a couple self recorded indie EP's before Gage moved back from Florida to rejoin Dave as a two piece and the group defined it's new sound as a two piece Pop Punk driven alt outfit. I remember when I was on the bus in the 7th grade someone passed an unmarked CD to the back of the bus to me and it ended up being the Slipknot self titled album, I'd say that's when I first fell in love with music listening to that in my bedroom after school. As a kid with a lot of anger issues and super ADHD, music was always a place I could channel that energy in a really healthy way. I had already been listening to Blink, Green day, and punk on top of a lot of rock influences from my father but when I got that Slipknot CD I knew instantly I wanted to start my first band and get a drum kit which changed everything for me and brought me into rock. I've fallen in love with music over and over again on so many times since then. - Dave Swillum Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

I know it's kind of a basic answer but life..... We write what we know but try to leave it open ended so listeners can choose to use the songs however they apply them to their own life. We write off the super highs and super lows that our lives have brought us and it's usually based off of a larger concept or theme overall but then ties in ultra specific life stories and scenarios from our personal lives that we think others may relate to. Whenever we aren't feeling inspired to write we get out to shows, outdoors in the woods of NH and Maine, or travel and meet new people and experience more life then we usually have what we need to keep writing new stuff. Buzz Slayers: This song has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

We have a lot of influences in different genres overtime and had some more specific ones that peaked our time in this song as well. We both grew up in the pits of A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, The Chariot, Underoath, Slipknot, Acacia Strain, and tons of other metal and hardcore bands in highschool which is partly why it was so sick for us to make this song with Tom and hang with him so there's a lot of influence there. LIke any good 90's baby's we grew up with Blink 182, Greenday, The Misfits and a ton of rock influences from both of our dads like Pink Floyd, The Cars, Led Zepplin, and Metallica. Over the past years we've loved the punk / pop albums MGK put out, Neck Deep, Story So Far, a lot of emo rap with Lil Peep, Juice WRLD, and recently hyperpop artists like Brakence, glaive, and Aries. During this song Dave got obsessed with some of the sounds of hyperpop and spent some time trying to create guitar sounding synths from scratch which is actually what comes in as instruments when "repeat" kicks off with vocals initially. There's no guitar when the vocals kick it it's all synths and samples before the first chorus. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

We are both rednecks at heart that happen to live near cities like Portland, ME and Boston, MA so lots of very different stuff! Everything from driving around jacked up vehicles in the woods, target shooting, and remote camping off grid away from any people to hanging in the city at shows with friends and trying new foods and drinking bourbon. Right now Dave bought an 1850's farmhouse he's trying to fix up into a studio space and Gage is working to build his own place on some land so that takes up a lot of our time outside music but it's always something new. Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now? girlfriends, Hot Mulligan, Nothing Nowhere. Knocked Loose, KennyHoopla, 100 gecs, brakence, Fidlar, 93feetofsmoke, Post Malone, Attack Attack, and so much more on the daily. Always changing and if you grabbed the headphones it could always surprise you. Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now? Soon! As a two piece we have had to do a lot of prep work, invest in new equipment, and figure out how we could bring the size of the songs out the right way live so we've been getting that together but it's taking some time to do it right. So many people have been asking to come out so we are really focused on getting that done. We are aiming to hit the road this year for a New England tour at the end of summer / fall and a southeast run following that but no announcements yet, soon though we promise! Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this? Both. We recorded a lot of the samples and some of the acoustic guitar at home ourselves then worked with 3 different producers on this single. We recorded drums at The Halo studio in Portland, ME with Kevin Billingslea, vocal recordings and some song production with Duncan Cook AKA Desmo at his home studio down in Sanford, ME, and flew in guitar from Tom down in Ocala, Florida from his home studio. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future? A lot more music and video content like the singles we've been releasing coming out soon, a lot more live shows later in the year and moving forward in and outside of New England, and more ridiculousness and surprises. We also expect Dave to get hurt somehow doing something stupid in at least one of those things listed as well but we'll see. Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? An honest, honest thank you for supporting us. Sharing everything around, adding us to the playlists you bop, grabbing some merch. All those things have meant a lot to us and even if they might seem small to you in the moment they are huge for us and they are adding up in a big way so thank you so much for inspiring us to keep going. It's been a lot of grinding for a long time and we have a long road to go but you've told us you love these new singles and want us to play in your area and we promise we heard you, and we're coming.

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