No Broadcast formed from the ashes of earsplitting progressive rock trio Anthesiac, adding a member in the process and changing their name to the closing track off their debut EP, Null and Void (2011). In between a promotion visit to the UK and releasing a handful of B-side tracks online, the band managed to record their debut self-titled album. And in line with their previous efforts, it’s both powerful and atmospheric.
No Broadcast wastes little time getting to the point, bursting in from the outset with an ominous detuned wall of crunching bass, thrashing drums and multiple tracks of aggressive guitar tones. The soaring vocals of singer/guitarist Josh Braden offset the smothering blanket effect of the instrumentation, occasionally expelling a similar melodic, anguish to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. His vocal ability continues to show its versatility over the album, easily slipping into a demon unleashing fury on ‘Constricted’ as well as a vulnerable softness in ‘More Wrong Than Right’.
Another factor elevating No Broadcast beyond the staleness of other straight-forward rock releases are the subtle atmospheric undertones. Harmonious feedback and layered guitars appear panned throughout the majority of the tracks, creating more depth for the listener though the screen of noise. A solid debut.