One Step Away - For the Broken Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: September 12th, 2010
February marks the time of year where east coast folk like myself begin longing for nicer weather. Its been snow storm after snow storm, and its gotten so bad that I have weird nightmares that I'll never see the grass in my backyard again. Listening to music usually soothes these fears, especially the music that brings back old memories stemming from summer or spring time. But for a winter of this magnitude, I needed something big- and that's where One Step Away's new full-length, For the Broken, comes into play.
For the Broken is best described as a NOW compilation -- but instead of crappy radio hits, the album is reminiscent of the pop bands that are keeping this genre alive. Opener "Here We Go" is straight out of The Fold's Dear Future... handbook whereas "Need You" has a little Boys Like Girls in it (before they went all Bon Jovi on us). The closer "All the Little Things" could very well be mistaken as a Holiday Parade song. Truthfully, if Runner Runner released the debut album that people were expecting, it would probably sound close to For the Broken.
Normally with comparisons like these, one would think One Step Away is a typical, disposable act, but it's not to say that they lack originality. It's pretty near impossible to find a completely original band in pop rock now anyway, which is why it's nice to see a band attempt to put their own spin on songs to separate themselves from the sea of those trying to cash in on what's popular. Songs like "Tomorrow and Forever" and the ballad "Riptide" should be what younger bands in the genre aim to emulate. When pop rock eventually starts to fade, it'll be easier to scope out what's worth a listen; One Step Away has the potential to be close to the top.
Maybe people have grown sick of music that brings on the scent of summer. I know I'm sick of music trying to make me go anywhere near a dancefloor. If I never hear the word "slizzard" again, it would be too soon. But for what it's worth, One Step Away's For the Broken isn't like most summer soundtracks. When I listen, I'm not thinking of crazy parties with girls who don't like me, or long drives with the windows rolled down. That's exclusive New Found Glory territory. For the Broken is more of a "night at the beach staring down the ocean" or "watching the sunset with your best friends" type of record, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
These guys are amazing! They played at a benefit concert I held and were great musicians and really great guys. They have so much talent and this album is a job well done. I can't wait to hear more from them. They are DEFINITELY work checking out.