Album Review: Technology by Don Broco

Posted by Bianca on Friday Feb 2, 2018 Under Album Review

Album Review by Neale Hayes

Don Broco have gained a large following in the UK since their formation in 2008, in the same year releasing their ‘Thug Workout’ (2008) EP. A fresh and exciting blend of intense post-hardcore mood swings, heavy riffs and casual-tongue in cheek vocals saw intrigue from fans, ‘Big Fat Smile’ (2011) only consolidated this and saw them supporting the likes of Four Year Strong and We Are The Ocean.

‘Priorities’ (2012) and ‘Automatic’ (2015) saw some hard working lads in their prime, feasting their ever growing fanbase new material on a frequent basis. They played Reading and Leeds Festival and signed to the prestigious Sharptone Records; associated with Nuclear Blast. The band supported You Me At Six’s headline UK tour in 2014 and by the end of 2016, the band released ‘Everybody’ from their forthcoming Technology (2018). In 2017 saw them release 5 more songs from the album before it’s official release in Feb 2018.

‘Everybody’ (2016) gave fans a taste of what was to come, a catchy bassline, larger than life riffs and even a breakdown. The band supported Bring Me the Horizon on their UK tour and played the Kerrang! Tour.

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‘Pretty’ (2017) saw their online presence grow even further with yet another bat-shit crazy music video, complete with cutting band members’ faces off. The fuzzy base and indie rock vocals can be compared with Queens of the Stone Age and even Royal Blood, with expertly timed mood changes giving them a progressive edge. The evolution thus far of the band has seen them divert from a more sterotypical boyband sound to more pop-esque production with over-the-top autotune but still retaining the more aggressive parts to the songs with sinister riffs and Rob’s direct shouted lyrics.

The bands UK profile was on the rise; they played the Genting Arena main room at Slam Dunk Midlands (2017) and the bigger riffs and hooks in ‘Technology’ (2017) was well suited for larger venues. ‘Stay Ignorant’ (2017), ‘T-Shirt Song’ (2017) followed suit, the choruses getting bigger and bigger every time. The band sold out a headline show at Alexandria Palace in London. ‘Come Out To L.A.‘ featured vocals from mostly the drummer Matt and was heavily more pop influenced than other songs from the album.

‘The Blues’ (2018) is more reminiscent of their older style from ‘Big Fat Smile’ (2017), but evidently with better production. The rockier style is less aimed at big venues and although the vocal range of Rob still ventures into the Josh Homme-esque falsetto giving it a newer feel. ‘Tightrope’ saw more of this vocal style and even saw some EDM soundscape experimentation; not with the total abandonment of a synthy riff however. ‘Greatness’ saw some groovy bass action and more raw singing from Rob, the casual nature of this band is infectious. The album overall featured a mix of older rockier riffs and pop-esque sampling ‘Good Listener’, the song gave me a strong indie rock vibe. I headbanged a little especially to the solo, the whiney riffs and strung-out bass was a much needed earth to an album full of stargazers.

‘Something To Drink’ I found to be quite a refined song, the instruments refrained and cut back, a song in which the in your face style wasn’t present, reminiscent of Beartooth’s ‘King of Anything’. Rob’s vocals here were full of emotion and saddening, another shift from their usual tongue-in-cheek upbeat nature.

Overall, Technology (2018) is an album full of different styles and takes into account the venues the band now has access to after 10 years of putting music out there. This year for me the band has to start developing their fanbase in the States and this album with it’s diversity will not hinder them. The first 4 or 5 songs from the album are designed to be played live and will undoubtedly get any crowd going; the rest isn’t just filler either, it’s a story of the bands progression from start to finish.

Technology – released 2nd February 2018

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February Tour Dates:

1st Feb – Bedford, Corn Exchange
2nd Feb – London, ULU
8th Feb – Portsmouth, Pyramids
9th Feb – Bristol, O2 Academy
10th Feb – Cardiff, Great Hall
12th Feb – Norwich, UEA
13th Feb – Nottingham, Rock City
15th Feb – Birmingham, O2 Academy
16th Feb – Manchester, Academy
17th Feb – Leeds, O2 Academy
19th Feb – Newcastle, Northumbria Institute
20th Feb – Aberdeen, Garage
21st Feb – Glasgow, Barrowlands

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