Broadway Calls in 2009
|Origin||Rainier, Oregon, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop punk, punk rock|
|Labels||No Sleep, SideOneDummy, Adeline Records, Smallman Records|
|Looking For Link, Countdown To Life, Robbie Hellfire & The 500 Club|
Broadway Calls is an American punk rock band from Rainier, Oregon. The band has released three records and toured the United States and Canada extensively and often. More recently the band has completed tours in Europe. Broadway Calls have toured with such bands as Alkaline Trio, The Gaslight Anthem, Rancid, The Bouncing Souls, and Bad Religion.
Broadway Calls formed in the winter of 2005/2006, with Ty Vaughn (guitar and vocals), Matt Koenig (bass and vocals) Robert Baird (guitar) and Josh Baird (drums). The band was built on the solid foundation of Josh, Robert, and Ty's decade long history of making music together. Their previous band Countdown To Life was signed to New Age Records (Strife, Countervail, Lifetime). After playing one hometown show, Broadway Calls took a sink-or-swim approach and headed straight out on tour with label-mate Daggermouth. The tour was a great success and Broadway Calls made a name for themselves in the hardcore community. In late 2005, the band released its debut EP, Call the Medic, on the State of Mind label.
Still signed to State of Mind Records in the US, and expanding their distribution potential by signing to Smallman Records in Canada, Broadway Calls released their self-titled album Broadway Calls and produced by Willie Samuels of Green Day's production team at Pittsburg's Nu-Tone studios. Broadway Calls was released on July 10, 2007. The band then went on another full US tour and played shows with bands such as Crime In Stereo, I Am The Avalanche, The Smoking Popes, The Draft, Avail, This Is Hell, Set It Straight, Ruiner, Dead Hearts, Counting the Days, Future Primitive, and Final Fight.
Within a year of their debut album's release, the band had been signed by Adeline Records, whose owners include Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day. The band's self-titled debut album was then re-released on March 18, 2008.
At the start of 2008, the band went on tour, playing with Ruiner. The tour started on the West Coast and ended up at Tennessee. Halfway through the tour, Robbert Baird left the band to help support his new baby daughter. This tour was followed by a tour in February 2008 over the western half of the US with bands like West 44 and Shook Ones.
In early March 2008, the band went to Redding to shoot their first music video for their album's first single, "Call It Off". The band performed subsequent shows during March 2008 with bands including Dead To Me, Teenage Bottlerocket, West 44, Over Stars and Gutters, Off With Their Heads, our first SXSW, and Bad Religion.
Shortly after the re-release of the album, in May 2008 the band played its first gig in England at the Give It A Name Festival 2008, on the Second Stage on Saturday May 10, 2008 at Earl's Court in London. They were the first band to perform that day and did so in front of 5,000 people. This was followed by performing the day after in Sheffield. Following this festival, the band went on a UK tour in support of Cobra Starship and All Time Low.
June 2008 started with three shows on the west coast of the U.S. with Alkaline Trio and then Warped Tour 2008 on the Hurley Stage. During the middle of the Warped Tour, the band released a split 7-inch with Teenage Bottlerocket on Adeline Records on July 15, 2008. This release was available in five different colour schemes.
During a break following Warped Tour, the band shot a music video for the second single from their debut album, Back To Oregon. The band returned to performing, coming back in September 2008 to play some shows with the Canadian band The Flatliners. Following those performances, the band began on a tour in October 2008 with the Polar Bear Club, and other bands such as Crime In Stereo, The Swellers, and Smartbomb. The band finished out the year by playing their final show in L.A, opening for The Gaslight Anthem and Alkaline Trio.
Following the conclusion of their touring in 2008, the band went back home, to write and record their follow up album. The band also booked and performed on a European Tour with Alkaline Trio in early 2009, starting on January 22, 2009 and ending on the February 17, 2009. The tour covered shows in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and ending in an 11 date tour in England. Shortly before the European Tour, the band announced via myspace on January 6, 2009 that they had signed with Sideone Dummy Records for their next album release.
Once the band came home from the European Tour with Alkaline Trio, the band set about tackling their next album. Starting on Tuesday March 10, they headed to Ft. Collins, Colorado, to record in the "Blasting Room!!", armed with close to 20 songs. There they would record their second album with producer Bill Stevenson, the drummer for Descendents and Only Crime. Bill Stevenson's production credits include records with bands like NOFX, Good Riddance, Rise Against, Comeback Kid, Suicide Machines, Descendents, A Wilhelm Scream, MxPx, Lagwagon, The Ataris, Black Flag, and many more. Pre-production was completed by March 15, which whittled the number of songs down to 13. Tracking began on March 15 with Bill and Jason Livermore. The band had finished recording and mixing the album by April 8. The band then performed some tour dates with Menzingers.
On May 14, 2009, Sideone Dummy Records revealed the name of the band's second album to be Good Views, Bad News, to be released August 18, 2009. On June 1, 2009 Sideone Dummy announced the release of the album's first single, "Be All That You Can't Be" on July 21, 2009. The single was available on 7" vinyl, available in Blue, Orange and White(Hot Topic Exclusive). The pressings of each colour was limited to 500 each. On June 10, 2009 the band announced that "Be All That You Can't Be" was to be included on the Warped Tour 2009 Tour Compilation CD.Good Views, Bad News reached No. 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
More recently the band has announced single shows with Bane and This Is Hell on July 27 and Comadre, Dead To Me, Hour Of The Wolf on August 8. These shows are to be warm up shows ready for the band to perform on 5 dates on the 2009 Warped Tour on the Kia/Kevin Says Stage. Broadway Calls is scheduled to perform at the Leeds Festival in England on August 29, and at the Reading Festival on August 30. These festival dates line between dates supporting The Offspring on August 25 and 26 in London and Manchester, England and September 1 and 2 at shows in Munich, Germany and Milan, Italy.
More recently Sideone Dummy have announced the band is to support Streetlight Manifesto on a U.S tour during late September and early October, followed up by 3 dates supporting The Gaslight Anthem during mid October 9.
In Late July 2009, 2 songs additional songs were made available from the new album, for free download. "The Call Out" is available from NME website. "Jump At Shadows", is available, from a promotion with UK based "Kerrang!".
On August 6, 2009 the music video for "Be All That You Can't Be" debuted on Absolute Punk. In late August 2009, the Bouncing Souls announced that Broadway Calls would be supporting them alongside Bayside on a tour across the West Coast of the U.S during late October and early November 2009.
The 2nd music video for the album was made for "Basement Royalty", and was released on May 13, 2010. It was made up of a collection of live performances when the band performed at Banquet Records in the UK in early 2010, and clips of the band members exploring the UK.
Matt Koenig left the band in early June 2010, due to alleged lack of song writing contribution towards the band's third album, which they had planned to start writing for following the end of their tour in early 2010. Koenig has been replaced by Adam Willis, who previously played with Josh Baird & Ty Vaughn in Countdown to Life. The band is currently writing for their third album.
During 2011 the band has been in studio, and are preparing to release a new EP in the fall of 2011. This will precede the release of the band's third album, most likely to see a 2012 release. As a band they have around 15 songs, with at least 4-5 more currently in progress. The new EP is being recorded at The Atomic Garden studio in San Francisco, which is owned by Jack Shirley of the band Comadre.
On September 15, 2011, it was announced through Facebook that the New EP would be released in mid to late October 2011, on vinyl and in 4 colours.[needs update] All for Hope Records will handling the release in the US and Banquet Records in the UK. The title of the EP is Toxic Kids. The EP will consist of 6 tracks. The first track to be released is available to listen to at punknews.org, called "Horizons And Histories".
On February 11, 2013, the band will hold an album-release concert in Portland, OR, for Comfort/Distraction.
|US Mod Rock||US Main Rock||UK Singles Chart|
|2008||"Call It Off"||-||-||-||Broadway Calls|
|2008||"Back To Oregon"||-||-||-|
|2009||"Be All That You Can't Be"||-||-||-||Good Views, Bad News|
|2008||"Call It Off"||Jeff Altrock|
|"Back To Oregon"||Josh Landan|
|2009||"Be All That You Can't Be"||Josh Landan |