Brighton boys Broker drop their second full-length album of tightly-wound mathed-up hardcore. Main geezer Duncan Harrison has a fierce howl on him, and the band clearly know their way around each other: plenty of Quixota’s tracks feature unpredictable breakdowns and prog-complex inversions. Well skilled. Vinyl release on Smalltown America.
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So many Brighton bands, aren’t there? Chill with it, pals. Just go to the beach and exhale. It’ll be fine. I’ll let them have one more and it’s going to be Broker, whose clenched-fist, tight-angled post-hardcore sounds somewhere between Future of the Left and Self Defense Family.
They have imbibed a lot of straight-up hardcore and much of its melodic counterpart, and so their record has songs that contain discordant skramz one moment and an almost pop-punk progression the next (opener “Talk” is full-bodied but ends on a real coo of a melody). Generally, though, they go hard, even when they’re practicing their dynamics -- the record’s title track recalls the Blood Brothers for its lightning fast approach to super chunky riffing and back and forth vocal duets. Bless them for starting hard and trying to amp up what sounds like the hardest: this same song jumps through hoops to become thrashier, stormier and even more feelings-full.
I just glanced at the lyrics sheet for “Yogurt” -- “you really shouldn’t be cooking with palm oil” -- and I’m feeling good about this version of the band. A sort of self-contained math chaos begins things before squeaky riffs fight chunky basslines and a whole lot of vocal yelping. Weird that this more interesting version of the band seems to make itself known in the record’s buried second half -- by “The Grass Is Always Greener in Kreuzeberg” they sound as sporadic as prog-punk pantomime band Plaids. I miss Plaids; these guys will do.
9/10 Beanster64 20th February 2017
My Fav Broker Track is Torso, the Idol, testament to how good this track is, I have it on repeat and it never tire of it, As a Vinylhead, gonna purchase the this and enjoy the dynamic that a "Bit" cannot seem to replicate. Yes this wont be for any R & B fan, so f@k them I'll keep this secret reserved for My peeps that understand feelings and music!
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