Bloomington, Indiana-based four-piece The Broderick have done something most high-school sweethearts cannot: survive the rollercoaster ride that accompanies the progression of adolescence to adulthood.
Singer/guitar player Max Mullen, drummer Quinten Schulze and guitar player John Codespoti have been playing together in one form or another since their junior high days growing up in Southern Indiana. Bass player Eric Day joined the band a bit further down the road, and it’s a fact that no outsider could ever know just from observing this group together. The Broderick cull their moniker from local slang that means “a brawl”, but brawling is the last thing you’d expect out of this relatively soft spoken and laid back Midwestern band of brothers. These guys would rather sip Bud’s on a hot Indiana evening and hone their driving and infectious brand of indie-folk rock.
With a series of well received EP’s under their belt, The Broderick began to record their first full length LP this past fall with producer Jason Wilber (John Prine). Recorded in the comfort of Day’s Bloomington studio, the new tracks are classic Broderick, combining good ole’ fashion rock n’roll, indie rock aesthetic and a dose of folk rock charm. The tracks bring something else to the table, though. The last studio tracks from the quartet were recorded when most of them weren’t even old enough to drink, and any listener familiar with the group can literally hear the growing maturity in the band’s new recordings. The songs are a bit longer, the lyrical content more developed, and the band a bit tighter. The Broderick have traded a bit of their youthful bombast for finesse, and the result is a sonic snapshot of a band that sounds completely comfortable and at ease with who they are, where they’ve been and where they are going.
The group is continuing to rapidly grow it’s presence in the Mid-west, playing with bands like Tapes n Tapes, White Rabbits, Ha Ha Tonka, Great Lakes Swimmers, Tobacco, The Turbo Fruits, Surfer Blood and The Whigs and performances at festival venues such as SXSW and the Forecastle Festival of Louisville, Kentucky. To top it off, songs like “Middleman” and “Gold In The Fire” have garnered sweeping praise from places like MyOldKentuckyBlog and NUVO Magazine, leaving the group with a buzzworthy credibility that has helped make them a force to watch in up-and-coming music.