Long time back, we "introduced" you all to The Broadfield Marchers out of my home state of Kentucky (they're from Louisville, but I suppose that's okay). Lead singer Dustin Zdobylak was kind enough to send a copy of their latest Rainbow Quartz release, The Inevitable Continuing to yours truly. We don't get a lot of records -- Yell County, if you're out there, I liked the disc and I still owe you a post and probably a show -- but we like free discs, and it's a good way to get on our good side and generate buzz amongst the dozens of people that read this blog each week.
But to the record at hand. The little press these guys have gotten has trumped their heavy GbV influence, which is undeniable. Just take a look at the song titles: "The Thoughts of Simple Simon", "Sad Earth Maze", "When Cowards Stall". To compliment the clunky Pollardesque lyrics, there are plenty of McCartneyisms and early Who references; the best of this bunch are pretty, driving, and laced with a touch of resignation and melancholy. Or it sure sounds like they are -- it's hard to know exactly what "drowning, crowded marketplace / apocalyptic seagull" actually means. But nobody in they're right mind goes to crunchy pop songs for wordsmithing -- hell, like Guided by Voices before them, it's even more impressive that they can mold lyrics this weird into something this catchy.
I could go on for a while but I'm trying to cut down on the length of my posts, so I'll skip to the highlights: "Amazing Wheels" is the archetypal power pop tune, soaring harmonies included; "When Cowards Stall" sounds like an old Syd Barrett demo; "Morning Heat Leader" isn't the most interesting tune, but the bass part's cool; "Sailing Fortune" takes you back the mid-90s stylings of the Posies and Superdrag; and "Panic Imposed" is their overt Big Star homage (think #1 Record, not Third/Sister Lovers). And you may not have a heart if you can't enjoy the acoustic "Patterns of a Glance", which nods to the catchiest Elephant 6 stuff without all the extra whimsy.
An early favorite for my best of 2008 list.
The Broadfield Marchers - "Grease of Freedom"
The Broadfield Marchers - "Amazing Wheels"
The Broadfield Marchers - "When Cowards Stall"