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OFFICIAL BAND BIO (updated 3/22/2012)
Broadcaster has been active since fall of 2009 when George McTernan and Derek Bergstrom left a side project with some members of Volcano Kings to reunite with George's former bandmate and older brother Chris. Chris was already in the process of leaving local Providence noise rock act Science for the People (which also featured future Brownbird/Tallahassee/Silks member Mike Samos) and was more than ready to team up with his former Killing Pablo bandmate. They added Moe Sherzai on second guitar who also had played with George and Chris in the same group. They christened the new band Broadcaster mainly because they are lazy and it sounded good. It refered to Telecasters (cool), was part of the title of a Guided By Voices song (also cool), and was a sports reference (George, Derek, and Chris are all severe baseball nerds).Broadcaster began playing all around New England, even getting themselves a thumbs up from Ted Leo of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists fame on his twitter account after Ted caught a particularly raucous performance at As220 in Providence.
That fall the band headed up to Portland, ME to record their debut Drunkard's Walk" with engineer Ron Harrity (Huak, Brownbird, Honey Clouds) at his Forest/City Studio. Drunkard's Walk was released on the indie label 75orLess Records in January 2011. It received overall positive reviews and enjoyed some college radio airplay in Providence and Boston. An amped up cover of Guided By Voices' "Game of Pricks" released on a 75orLess compilation also received some airplay.
Shortly after its release, George left the cool grey skies of Rhode Island for the palm trees and sunshine of Los Angeles. Broadcaster quickly found a replacement in Rainy Logan of folk-duo Eye Witness and picked right back up where they left off. That summer Broadcaster was voted Breakthrough Band of the Year in the 2011 Providence Phoenix Music Awards. The band continued to gain momentum playing locally and were even scheduled to open for Doug Gillard (of GBV and Nada Surf) and Ted Leo in Brooklyn until Hurricane Irene reared her ugly head and the show was cancelled. Unfortunately Rainy had been dealing with a severe ailment in her knees which reached the point where she was physically unable to continue drumming for the band. She left the group in November 2011 after a wild show at infamous Worcester punk venue Hotel Vernon.As the crowd manically moshed and trashed around the tiny room the band wondered whether this would be the final Broadcaster show.
However the band lucked out. Thanks to their friends in Gertrude Atherton and Invisible Hours, Broadcaster was introduced to the woman who would become their third and current drummer. Jen MacPherson, a veteran of the Boston and Providence indie rock scene, brings a powerful aggressive drumming style that perfectly compliments the band's evolving sound. As bands around them keep getting softer and more "folk-influenced" Broadcaster has opted instead to turn up the amps because, well, if you can't join 'em then ya gotta beat 'em, right? As well as getting back into playing live starting with a show April 6th at PVD Social Club in Providence, the band is in the planning stages for their follow up to Drunkard's Walk, tentatively titled "Rational Music." The next album promises to be a return to the band's noisier and weirder beginnings while still pushing for catchier hooks and sweet-sounding twangy guitar sounds. The band has pulled out their Sonic Youth records, downloaded some Les Rallizes Denudes bootlegs, and dialed their amps to the proper Greg Sage setting. They enjoy sitting at the top of their small heap, the twangy proto-grunge 90's indie meets classic rock spectrum somewhere down there left of the dial. Expect to hear them tear through some of these new songs at their upcoming shows along with the old favorites.