Back with their second record following the release of 2014’s ‘ARGUMENT/COUNTER ARGUMENT’, Brighton three-piece Broker are out to impress with their brand new record ‘Quixota’.
Opening with lead single ‘Talk’, the band shoot their flares high with a mission statement strong enough to blow any unsuspecting listener’s ears off. Discordant, chaotic, angular and powerful, Broker waste absolutely no time showing you just what they’re capable of within the brief three minute opener. For a band with such a low profile, the sounds captured here come across as those produced by a group that have been working as a unit for decades, and certainly one that deserve a far bigger slice of recognition than they currently receive.
To truly describe the sound of Broker isn’t an easy task, when a band combine so many truly unique elements to form an almost impossibly cohesive structure that functions so, well, perfectly, it’s easy to just accept that it works, and here; boy does it work. If you’re a fan of Black Peaks, Deftones, Converge or The Dillinger Escape Plan, Broker will more than scratch your musical itch. Interrupted, irregular syncopations keep the listener firmly planted on their toes throughout songs like title track ‘Quixota’ and ‘What The Contestants Don’t Know’, whilst songs like ‘Torso, The Idol’ achieve an almost tender yet menacing atmosphere, the band prove within the nine songs displayed here that they’re not just here to make some noise.
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The mathrocky, experimental hardcore of Broker comes across as something completely fresh, unfiltered and raw, and with a revolving door section of vocal duties found in the form of each member, the action found here never finds itself presenting a dull moment. Mainly featuring rasped vocals and frantic, almost-panicked screams, the album carries with it a weight of sombre sincerity, and in it’s darkest, most intimate moments (like the gentle ‘Miller’), the record manages to cast a real shadow over the listener, something few bands can claim this early in their career.
Whilst everything mentioned above might make ‘Quixota’ seem like an impenetrable fortress of a record, yet another quality that set Broker apart from the rest of the pack is the fact that despite every intricate quality, despite the multi-faceted layers upon layers on display here, the band still manage to create some of the catchiest hardcore you’ll hear all year.
This record is something that has to be heard to comprehend. If there’s any justice in this world, Broker deserve to be the biggest band the UK hardcore scene has produced for years. Not just for technical prowess, but for a band to have songs this great so early on in their career, this is a band that deserves to be nurtured and projected to the most heady heights this country has to offer, and beyond. If you enjoy any of the aforementioned bands, go out today, or go online, and find this record. You won’t regret it.