By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Crashing Broadway would love you to love them. With danceable rock ‘n’ roll, relatable lyrics and dapper suits, the Tupelo-based rock band aims to please.
“We play the type of music that naturally draws a lot of people,” said guitarist Teejay Timms. “it’s a blast.”
Crashing Broadway – made up of lead singer Kacye Haynes, drummer Derrick Riggan, bass player Chase Hubbard and guitarists Timms and Justin Swinney – is all about radio-friendly rock ‘n’ roll.
“It’s really mainstream rock,” Timms said. “Some people call it ‘butt rock,’ but it’s a little different from that because we use a lot of programming, a lot of synths and strings.”
Riggan breaks it down even further: “It’s something you’d hear on 98.5 FM when it was a rock station.”
“We write about getting dumped, crazy girls and stuff like that,” Timms said. “We’re not reinventing the wheel.”
The band recorded a demo, “Life in Black and White,” but have a much more current project. “The Words Crossed Out” is Crashing Broadway’s debut full-length record, and while it’s done, the band hasn’t released it yet. The CD is currently being shopped to labels.
The group wanted to make sure its live show backed up what it could produce in the studio, so the guys amped up their performances.
Upping the ante includes business suits and a passion for the stage.
“We’re energetic. We try to pass the energy on to the crowd,” Timms said. “It’s really hard to get the crowd into it if you’re not into it.”
For Crashing Broadway, the suit makes the man.
“We dress classy and edgy. I’m in a vest and slacks, but I’ve got a mohawk and guyliner on,” Riggan said.
The guys in Crashing Broadway hope their efforts – from the suits to writing songs anyone can relate to – will pay off.
“We appeal to everybody, because of the songs. Our audiences range from people in their 50s to people who are like, 10,” Riggan said. “You want to make it. You always want to make it.”
Contact Daily Journal writer Sheena Barnett at 678-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend of rock
– What: Solarfest Music Festival
– When: 5 p.m. June 17 and 18
– Where: Goodtime Charlie’s, Tupelo
– Cost: $15/day pass, $25/weekend pass, $50/VIP
– Info: Solarfest has a Facebook page.
– 5 p.m. – Reaping Monday
– 5:45 p.m. – Three is Fallen
– 6:30 p.m. – Pengea
– 7:15 p.m. – Shallow Side
– 8 p.m. – Refuse the Fall
– 8:45 p.m. – Crashing
– 9:30 p.m. – One Less Reason
– 10:45 p.m. – Hot Action Cop
– 5 p.m. – Tisk Tisk
– 5:45 p.m. – Chaos in Fiction
– 6:30 p.m. – Cult of the
– 7:15 p.m. – Sintonik
– 8 p.m. – Koldera
– 8:45 p.m. – DeadSet
– 9:30 p.m. – Killjay
– 10:45 p.m. – Egypt Central
– If you can’t catch Crashing Broadway at Solarfest, you have another opportunity. The band is a part of the Mississippi Music Madness Twister Relief Fund, a concert at the
Crossroads Arena in Corinth on June 25. Other artists include Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy, Cody Riddle & the Modern Day Drifters, Allison’s
Rage and the Masters Quartet. For more info, visit crossroadsarena.com.