Like life itself, the world of fandom can be a dark, depressing place at times. Dystopian futures, graphic violence, the dead rising, the living getting wiped out by the thousands. These are just a few popular ideas and tropes that make up some of our favourite fiction. Sure, there’s a few bright spots, but for every Tomorrowland and Flash there’s 10 Mad Maxes and Walking Deads. This isn’t by any means a bad thing. Pop Culture tends to be in a dark place right now is all that I’m saying. It’s nice to have a break from the doom and gloom every now and then. After listening to Aim to Misbehave, the new album from nerdfolk trio The PDX Broadsides (available May 26th through Bandcamp), I feel like I got that break in spades.
Aim to Misbehave is a fun and relaxing album that is unapologetic in it’s celebration of fandom. As the title implies, they like their Firefly and the song of same name is a glowing tribute to series. There’s also a bouncy little number that sings the praises of Lego aptly titled The Lego Song. Even some of the darker sides of fandom are given a sunny makeover. Best in Life takes the famous quote of one Conan the Barbarian (“Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the women“) and turns it into a daily affirmation to help you get through the day. Everybody Dies sums up the Game of Thrones series perfectly as it breaks it down to the essential things you need to know. There’s even Toad’s Lament, a funny take on the character from the Mario games involving unrequited love. But it’s not just all about tributes to things we love. The Broadsides also deliver a few simple messages and even some heartfelt reflection as well.
The album sports a few songs that go a tad deeper than just fan service. Superheroes are People Too, a song about how powered folks deserve their privacy, is obviously a clever reference to the cosplay community and their right not to be harassed. Wheaton’s Law lays out Wil Wheaton’s easy to follow rule of “Don’t Be Dick” and gives a number of examples of what dicks act like for those that need it. The most introspective song on the disc would have to be The Story of Me. In it the singer is taking a look back on her life and questions what happened to the young and nerdy go getter who was aiming to conquer the world. By the end of the song, she realises that that person’s still there and is still on her quest, just not in the way she imagined. It’s a sweet and tender song to break up the fun and silly homage to geekery.
This is the band’s first physical CD, funded by the band themselves from concert revenues, song commissions and the sale of their first album, the digital-only Take Everything. Needless to say, they’re pretty excited. They’re holding a CD Release Party at The TARDIS Room, a Dr. Who-themed bar located in North Portland, on Friday June 5th which will feature a free concert where the band will play all the songs from the new album as well as several new songs. The Doubleclicks will also be on the bill, making this a show not to miss.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy going album that talks about all the stuff nerds care about, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Aim to Misbehave. The disc is available starting May 26th through bandcamp.com and when you order it, the band will throw in a special bonus track titled, Nathon Fillion, Please Take Off Your Pants. The song is just want you’d expect it to be. Recorded live at the Conflikt Filk Convention back in January, the track features Jessica Hebert & Hollyanna McCollom of the band singing about their love of Captain Tightpants’ derriere. The humourous tune is made all the more so by Christian Lipski (the sole male member of the group) who’s trying to get the group to wrap up the show. It’s a fun little extra you’ll get if you buy the entire album.
Be sure to pick up Aim to Misbehave by The PDX Broadsides and Don’t be a Dick.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!