“I just want to dance all night,” The Broadcast Caitlin Krisko sings on “Cathy”. Krisko sings it with such conviction and power, you get the feeling that dancing isn’t something you do for fun: it’s a form of liberation and community.
With a mix of soul, blues and classic rock arrangements, The Broadcast’s song on Dodge the Arrow beg to be played in front of an audience. It’s little wonder why the group have received accolades for their lives performances. Opener “The Line” begins with a loud crash, before sliding into a bluesy groove, which leaves plenty of room for singer Caitlin Prisko to show off her powerhouse vocals. Krisko is one hell of singer – her Joplin-like pipes are reason enough to listen to this record – but she wisely follows the band’s cue: never overshadowing the stellar musicianship. When the band is on all cylinders she more than steps up. But on the slower moments, she let the song breathe. The band in turn follows her lead. “Hide Yourself Away” is a perfect example: where Rich Brownstein’s keys and Prisko’s vocals swing back and forth between each other.
It would be easy to suggest that Dodge the Arrow wears its influences on its sleeve. And certainly the band looks back more musically than it does ahead. But not every group needs to be groundbreaking to be great. The Broadcast are a case in point. The music they make together makes you want to be part of their community.
Dodge the Arrow will be released on September 24th. Check out the video for “Don’t Waste It” below: