I was a 90’s kid. Apparently so are Toronto-based melodic punk band, Broomfiller. That’s a compliment, no worries. “How Long, So Long,” the lead single from their new album, Third Stage Propeller Index, will make you want to dig up your old Sloan and Millencollin albums.
If you listen to the next track, “High School Reunion,” really carefully you’ll swear you can hear Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song” playing in the background. I may have even found myself singing “please tell mom this is not her fault” while listening to it. Track five, “Ordinary Day,” actually stands out to me as the strongest track. It has an anthemic vibe to it, similar to The Offspring. I could easily hear this track on college radio. The same could be said of “A Different Way of Falling.” The Sloan is very strong with this one.
The album starts to gain some weight by the time you reach “Amputake,” and “Milly.” Some heavier riffs reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. and vocalist, Richard Leko, gives some Silverchair inspired groans. You may want to break out your Doc Marten’s and cargo shorts for that one.
Those two tracks, however, accentuate my main complaint about this album: the lack of teeth. It bounces around between influences, and does a good job of it, but fails to ultimately form an identity of its own. I often found myself wondering if it is garage trying to sound studio, or studio trying to sound garage.
There’s a lot of nostalgia here, and if the bands I’ve listed are still regulars on your playlist, you’ll probably want to invest some time into getting to know these guys. But, if you think the 90s were overrated, well this one’s not for you. I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on this band. I just hope they form their own identity because there is the potential to do so.
Written by Richard Brunette
*edited by Danielle Kenedy