Into The Raging Sea isn’t anything that you’d expect to hear from Broadside. Personally, it’s not much of a pop punk record, it’s a rock record. Sure, there are some elements of the old version of Broadside, but mostly this is a more mature version of the band and frontman Olly Baxxter.
Into the Raging Sea is a big metaphor for where Baxter is at as a person- or at least where he was at when he and the band were creating this record. Adulthood is a big like being out on a ship in the middle of a storm out on the ocean. Especially this year. It feels like you’re surviving wave after wave and just trying to stay afloat. There are some songs here that are about relationships, because there always is that kind of stuff, but mostly it’s a modern themed record for people struggling with modern day issues and not just romance and angst.
Lyrical content aside, there’s some interesting song types on this record. “Nights Alone” and “Dancing on the Ceiling” feel like Broadside’s version of pop rock. “Clarity” and “Burning at Both
Ends” are big, emotional ballads. Those are just a few of the highlights on a record filled with them. There’s a smorgasbord of music here that ebbs and flows well and makes for an album that’s really fun to listen to.
Broadside’s new record Into The Raging Sea stands out as a defining moment for Baxxter and Broadside. The record’s filled with big sounds and bigger themes and it’s a great listen.