Today’s music world revolves around digital sounds and availability, but that doesn’t discourage bands like The Broadcast, performing in Blacksburg this evening, from preserving the energy and intimacy felt in a live performance.
The Broadcast is a classic rock band from Asheville, N.C. that stars singer Caitlin Krisko, pianist Rich Brownstein, bassist Matthew Davis, guitarist Aaron Austin, percussionist Tyler Housholder and drummer Michael W. Davis.
They will be performing tonight at 622 North at 10 p.m.
Tickets are available for $10 each.
Singer Caitlin Krisko said that she loves how music brings people together and builds a sense of community. She said that although people are connected through technology, they are also sort of disconnected on a personal level. Krisko said live music is a way for people to connect with each other.
“I think music is an opportunity for people to communicate ideas that are important,” Krisko said. “For some reason, our mainstream pop culture media has infiltrated us with sort of shallow surface music. I think that’s a way that they have averted people from using music as a powerful tool.”
The name of the band, in fact, is inspired by the members’ desire to broadcast these ideas to their listeners.
Their concert tonight celebrates the release of their new album, “Dodge the Arrow.” Krisko said the album contains overriding themes of influence, love and loss, drive and ambition and confusion and fear. She said the songs are personal and honestly capture moments from their lives.
Pianist Rich Brownstein explained that songs start as a simple idea from either Krisko, their guitarist Aaron or himself. The three of them work together on the song, and bring what they have to the band.
Brownstein said that while the band may be influenced by classic rock, their sound is unique due to their different backgrounds and inspirations.
When asked to describe The Broadcast’s music, one word in particular came to mind for Brownstein.
“It’s honest. It’s really honest. It’s funky. It’s soulful. It’s rock and roll. But more than anything, it’s really honest,” he said.
The Broadcast shares their values as a band and the honesty in their music with others by performing live, which is what they prefer over digital recordings.
“Playing music live in front of an audience takes you to a different place that you can’t normally go to just playing by yourself.” Austin said. “The audience becomes something more powerful. That is what I like about live music.”