After a successful Northeast tour, The Broadcast is performing new material across the Southeast for the next month. In March, the band will release its first live album, followed by a tour to support the group’s third record.
“We’re hitting a lot of new markets, which has been really exciting for us,” said lead vocalist Caitlin Krisko, during a telephone interview from her home in Asheville, N.C. “The Southeast is sort of famous for being supportive of live music, especially up-and-coming bands. It’s been really fun to play in new cities, like Augusta, Athens, Charleston and Wilmington. We love to encourage people to dance and feel good.”
Formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the six-piece band relocated to Asheville, N.C., one year ago, where it was more financially feasible to become a touring band. Since then, The Broadcast has evolved into a full-time, nationally touring group. The band includes Krisko (lead vocalist), Michael Davis (drums), Matthew Davis (bass), Tyler Householder (percussion), Aaron Austin (guitar) and Rich Brownstein (keyboard).
Over the past few months, The Broadcast has written an album’s worth of new music, Krisko said.
Recorded in September, the band’s live album reflects its new sound.
“We’ve sort of really prided ourselves on being a live touring band, and we’ll continue to be a live performing band. We wanted to give our fan base the opportunity to get a taste of what our sound is like live, which is why we decided to do a live record,” Krisko said.
The band is named The Broadcast because the members “wanted to express a form of communication through their music,” Krisko said. The band is inspired by “Motown sound” and singers such as Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.
Cosmopolitan magazine describes Krisko’s voice as “drenched in honey, and dripping with soul.” Her voice has been compared to Adele and Grace Potter, according to the band.
“It feels great. It’s been a thrill for me, especially with it being a new experience for us to have press,” Krisko said. “I take the actual act of singing pretty seriously. I try to take care of my voice a lot. I went to school for vocal performance, and so I have a lot of training behind me.”
Krisko’s band mates also have collegiate training in music, all having the goal of becoming a professional musician.
“That has helped us to stay focused and remember that this is a craft that we all really respect and that we all feel very lucky to be able to do on a regular basis. To be able to do it full time as a career is a dream. I never want to disrespect this gift that we’ve been given. It feels nice that people are recognizing the work that we’re putting into it,” Krisko said.