As soon as the majestic opening licks of the album's lead off track burst onto the speakers, it's obvious that Broadside are setting bigger and better goals the second time around. An album of boundless energy, Paradise is a culmination of two years' worth of experiences, sacrifices, and tireless effort, and the end result is a go-for-broke tour de force in pop tinged punk rock. Paradise doesn't completely change direction from 2015 punchy debut Old Bones, but it shows a remarkable triumph from a band that has rarely left the road since that year.
With the line "The sun peeking from the tall palm trees," the title track "Paradise" sets the personality for a summer sunshine-stained statement. "The whole concept of Paradise is that you should chase that little view of happiness you create in your mind," explains frontman Ollie Baxxter. "We often put our dreams and desires to the side believing they're unrealistic, but this record is about building a bridge to reach your goals, your dream, your...Paradise."
Guitarist Dorian Cooke's resilient vocals take the lead on the soulful hymn "Laps Around A Picture Frame," while "Tunnel Vision" will quickly land as live favorite with its skyscraping vocals. And Paradise doesn't just have storming tracks, the lofty "Who Cares" beams with the bands inner personalities of turning a bad situation into quick witted humor, while the balance between Baxxter and Cooke's vocals on "Summer Stained" is damn near perfect. Broadside expand their sound into unheard punk turf incorporating trumpet on "Puzzle Pieces," and the Morrissey-channeled, ukulele driven, "I Love You, I Love You. It's Disgusting."