Portrait: Max Broady 06 – 10
Cath’n’Dad Records is proud to present it’s first release – Portrait: Max Broady 06 – 10.
This is a collection of Max’s songs cherry picked from 5 (count ’em) albums. All the songs were written and recorded concurrently with Max’s stint in the ‘Club. A must for any fans of music.
Max Broady, once a callow youth and now a callow man. How the years have changed him. Presented in chronological order this chronology begins by showing us Max as a young man optimistically declaring “Souls are Stars” to anyone with the ears to listen. If you sniff very, very hard you can almost smell the slightest waft of incense.
Quickly, under Adam John Miller’s tutelage, Max began to grow as a songwriter, in leaps, and dare I say it, bounds. Hit after hit poured from his fast callousing fingers. We can still hear the sense of fun and his joie de vivre, his lust for life, in such songs as “My Private Joke” – it is a joke after all! But – listen – what’s this? A new sense of introspection, as this joke is looking inwards, revealing, yes, his soul, as it this joke is private, and all of his own.
But it wasn’t all looking in; Mid Period Broady (MPB) saw Max gazing out at the world, and imagining – nay seeing – another one; this aptly demonstrated on such classics as “Another World We Know”. Also MPB shows us a new side to Broady; the one with wandering feet; the one who’s married to the road; the one who’s taking on all comers with an itchy trigger finger.
Which brings us around to Broady’s latest, most stylistically mature efforts: These beautiful, wistful songs see a man approaching old age, time as it ravages, and all the harsh beauty this entails. It isn’t a cakewalk, but as he sings on War Of The Roses, “[he’s] changed his rose, white for red”.
And as with his peers, the final song on this diligent, thoughtful and timely compilation shows that with decrepitude comes a wistfulness. A false nostalgia then, in Goal Scoring Superstar Hero, as Max remembers his youth, not as a goal scoring superstar hero, but as a troubadour, a singer, reflecting our times as a mirror to the soul, unblinking showing life in its dizzying highs and its terrifying lows. And, if that’s not what being a goal scoring superstar hero is, I don’t know what is.
John Perry, July 2011.
Soap was released in 2008 on Doot Doot Recordings. We absolutely loved writing and recording this album – a very bright spark in a dark time in our lives (or something) but the critics weren’t as kind – we got “contains moments of genuine rough, alt-folk beauty” – Sandman and “A great line in quirky one and two minute blasts of songs” – Fatea but mainly we got “PRETENTIOUS!” – Sandman.
We decided to see it as an “art project” – which was much mocked but essentially meant that we originally made 54 seperate covers for the album. A good time was had by all. They can be seen here.
Some people (including us) LOVED this album, it is rough and a self-indulgent but well, see what you think.
Featured on this album were… Nick Thoume (pretentious story), Birgitte Roeggen (tootling in the background), Matty Richards (trumpet), Dave Kitchen (background noise) and special guests Kurt Vonnegut and George Orwell (stolen stories).
Listen To: Honeysuckle Let’s Get Megamechanical No’s 1 & 3
Our 2009 album which was described as “a treasure trove of great sounds” (SoundsXP), “joyful, absurd, spirit raising on a gloomy day” (Kitten Painting Blog) and “a triumph in simply doing what you like and having fun in the process” (Leeds Music Scene). The Track “European Veins” was played on Gideon Coe’s 6Music show and on quite a few podcasts.
After the lukewarm reception to Soap we decided that we up the fidelity and make sure the performance were tight and focused. We wrote 5 songs each (apart from Steven’s House which was written a little more collaboratively) and Jack played drums on all of the tracks with drums.
The cover looks a bit like a poo and Steven J. recorded 3 tracks for us. Featured on the album are Stevie Keys (Keys and vox), Birgitte Roeggen (vox), Amyas Varcoe (vox), Louise Phillips (vox) and David Kitchen (vox).