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"Exclaim Magazine: Broadcast Zero CD Review"

"West coast politi-punks the Rebel Spell just met their East coast equivalent. Proof positive that the political opinions most crusty/street punk bands strive to instil in their fans don’t go unnoticed, agitated quartet Broadcast Zero blaze forth with their inspired take on the state of the world. Infusing many personal and anecdotal elements into the fold though, they escape the trappings that weigh down their contemporaries, resulting in tunes that are equal parts sincere and informative. More importantly though, the fervour with which Yesterday, You Could Change The World is delivered seems unparalleled. Every track attacks as if it were the last moment these boys will have on the face of the Earth, relegating the aggression acts such as the Casualties or Total Chaos affect somewhat like, well, bullshit. This is the new breed of street-wise punks and their enthusiasm, vigour and dominance are fucking brilliant. (Rebel Time)" Review from Exclaim Magazine - Exclaim Magazine (July 2008)

"Equalizing Distort CD Review"

"BROADCAST ZERO fall in a long line of bands that marry a message with melodic three chord punk. It’s infectious and it’s substance oriented. They remind me of a modern day MARILYN’s VITAMINS which is to say something like DILLINGER 4. And they keep good company with bands like the FALLOUT and the REBEL SPELL who come from the same school of punk. This is the debut release by this new fledgling label that cut their teeth as part of Insurgence. And it’s a dandy for both label and band as a debut release. Fans of HOSTAGE LIFE and BLACK JACKET should check out BROADCAST ZERO for their tales of hardship and disappointment all to a racing pace that has gang chorus sing-a-longs." Review from Equalizing X Distort Magazine - Equalizing Distort

"Taking Punk to a New Level"

July 24, 2008

(Jul 24, 2008)

The music of Broadcast Zero is deceptively simple.

You've probably heard its ilk before -- melodic, three-chord punk riffs with machine-gun rat-a-tat percussion and shouted anthemic choruses -- but you haven't heard it done quite like this.

There's more going on here than first meets the ear.

This Kitchener quartet defies the limitations of their genre, churning out powerful punk that is catchier, smarter and more mature than it has any right to be.

Their first album, Yesterday You Could Change the World (hot off the presses last week from Hamilton indie label Rebel Time Records) is as self-assured a debut as you're likely to hear in any genre.

The fact that the genre is punk, a field saturated with lacklustre copycats and guitar-bashing hacks, makes Broadcast Zero's achievement doubly wowing.

It's tricky to put a finger on what, exactly, sets the album apart from its peers, since at first blush it sounds so faithful to the three-chord angsty archetype.

It certainly helps that the production values on Yesterday You Could Change the World are a cut above the typical indie release, capturing both the raw intensity and the intricacies of the songs.

It also helps that the members of Broadcast Zero have put some serious thought into the lyrical themes on the album (most notably on the track Same Old Story, a brutally honest assessment of growing up and losing youthful idealism).

In interviews, the guys of Broadcast Zero are prone to philosophizing about deconstructionism, social activism and the dangers of moral relativism.

With 14 songs unfolding in 27 minutes, the album is packed with a lot of words, most of which are rallying cries for social justice, courage and integrity.

Then again, there are also several refreshingly dunderheaded anthems designed to make people mosh -- such as the "love" song Velvet Doll, the lyrics of which are awesomely, unpublishably vulgar.

Punk fans will gleefully pump their fists to this record. What's more impressive, though, is that Yesterday You Could Change The World might just bring some new converts to the genre.


- Guelph Mercury


CD: Yesterday, You Could Change the World (Rebel Time Records)


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Broadcast Zero officially formed in the autumn of 2004. Peter and Phil had played in an 80’s style hardcore band together in some past life and decided it was time to play some punk rock. They recruited their bass player from a famed local ska-punk band. Alex, despite playing a reunion show early in the existence of Broadcast Zero, decided to stick with his new band and continued his more punk and less ska experience. The last member to join was an out-of-towner claiming to be an ex-lead singer of a skate punk band from elsewhere. Originally recruited as a guitarist, Nick became the lead vocalist after a couple of practices. The band played their first show in April of 2005 in Kitchener, Ontario.

There has since been one change amongst the ranks. Alex left the band for personal reasons relating quite generally to life but more specifically to employment. Thus, the ska-punk influence on Broadcast Zero came to and end. A close friend of the group, Derek, was chosen as the replacement because he did not know how to play bass and could not infringe upon the fascist grip of song-writing that Nick and Phil held over the group.

There influences range from The Clash of the 1970s to Social Distortion and Minor Threat of the 1980s to Good Riddance and NoFX on the modern punk period.