June 2017 Featured Artist: Broads
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Born out of a decade of working together as musicians in various projects, BROADS is a minimalist pop-noir vocal group consisting of Jane Hendry and Kelly Day. Their songs are full of the echoes of yesteryear; compellingly haunting tones reminiscent of 30’s & 40’s popular music combined with their more contemporary influences.
Whereas Broads have been performing together for around three or four years now, it is their debut album, ‘Vacancy,‘ released in February this year, which has brought with it much attention in the form of radio airplay, critical acclaim and even a new, adoring public.
“It’s been great… we launched it in April, but we actually released it in February, so we’ve been sort of dabbling out tour dates; trickling them out just to keep the suspense going,” Day recalls.
The next stop on the ‘Vacancy‘ album tour is Queensland, after a few shows spaced out through Melbourne, Sydney and Central Coast earlier this year. As mentioned by Hendry, “It’s been a slow movement,” and following the trip to Queensland, the girls will return to Victoria for a rural and regional round up before finishing up with some more shows in native Melbourne.
Broads emerged as a side project whilst Jane and Kelly were working together in 4-piece show tune group, The Nymphs.
“Kelly and I weren’t quite ready to hang up our musical collaboration… we were already working on the side, a bit of a side project, for a couple of years anyway and we thought, ‘well, here’s an opportunity to make it legit,” says Hendry.
Ten years is a long time in life, and probably even a longer time in music, but that’s just how long the Broads duo have been working together, in whatever format. Having developed such a close personal and musical relationship through The Nymphs has helped to strengthen their bond going forward.
“Over that time, we have developed a really strong connection musically… and so it just feels right to be doing this music together,”
In exploring the stylistic relationship with Broads’ music, it seems that everyone is at a loss as to how exactly to describe it, even Kelly Day herself had trouble coming up with a response, “It’s uh… emotionally driven, spacey indie, country noir,” she eventually jutters out.
They value the importance of the live performance side of music not only for the opportunity to play music, but also for the relief and ‘get-out’ it gives them from their life outside of music, “Particularly with this kind of stuff,” Day begins “We had a gig last night, and going to the gig thinking ‘it’s been a rough day,’ and there’s all this stuff – life stuff… and it’s just gonna be the best as soon as we get on stage”
Some high-profile opportunities and support slots have found their way to Broads this year, including recently supporting Aria Award winning vocalist, Taasha Coates of The Audrey’s on her first solo tour as well as alongside Tobias Hengeveld for his most recent single launch. Their song, ‘Nod off, Dream‘ has gained popularity through the community radio circles and even earned some spins on JJJ’s ‘Roots ‘n’ All‘ program.
Broads endeavour to continue touring and performing right through until September 2017, when they will take a short break before beginning work on another album. I’m sure it’s a name you will see strewn across lineups, posters and certainly one you will hear on your radio in the near future.
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Author DetailsJosh Forner
Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.
Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.
He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.
Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.