Broken Records – Live at Club Fandango, Wednesday 21st March

Again, I'm sorry for the poor image quality, only had my phone camera with me, I'll have to remember to bring my camera with me in the future!

Sorry to say, but I’m pretty awful, as I only managed to turn up at the end of the last song of Seasfires set. I know. Bad stuff. And I also may have been a little bit tipsy, but that doesn’t make any of the following less biased. I had a great time! It was a wonderful gig and Broken Records are simply sublime live, and luckily I managed to get a front row spot, right in the middle. Now aside from all the tuning that Jamie Sutherland had to do (pictured) due to his “new guitar” everything ran smoothly.

They opened with Springsteen a new song of there’s which I hadn’t heard before, and which was actually pretty good. Looks like I’m going to be getting excited about their next album! A couple of personal favourites from the gig were A Darkness Rises Up and Nearly Home. We did call out for Out on the Water but alas, as we heard from Rory Sutherland, the violinist, at the end, Jamie “probably can’t remember it”. Oh well.

There was a fairly large crowd, although not tightly packed so everyone could enjoy it, and enjoy it they did. It was a great set, and a great selection of their songs. In A Darkness Rises Up the sound just smashed through you as all of the band get going and it really is a great feeling that they’re able to give you due to their 6-piece line-up. I think they’re now on their way back to (or are already back in) Scotland now. But if you ever get a chance to see them live, do it. Great band, really tight, wonderful gig!

Live in London – 15th – 21st March

[NOTE: If a gig is sold out at the time of  posting it will not appear below.]

When I first started looking through the venues to see if there was anything on this week, I thought it was going to be a quiet one, how wrong I was.

WHEN?    Thursday 15th March
WHERE?  The Old Blue Last

Well worth going as it’s FREE. You’ll see I posted one of Dems’ videos a week or so ago. Well now’s your chance to see them! Minor update: I shall now be attending. Hurrah!

Dems – House

WHEN?    Monday 8th March
WHERE?  Shephard’s Bush Empire

If you missed them last week now’s your time to go, although this time you’ll have to pay.

The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine

WHO?       WU LYF
WHEN?    Wednesday  21st + Thursday 22nd of March
WHERE?  Heaven

Wu Lyf – L Y F

WHEN?    Wednesday 21st March
WHERE?  Bull & Gate

Well, Broken Records are a band that I’ve been into for a LONG time so I’ll be trying my very hardest to make it to this gig, even though it’s the other side of London (and I’m poor, did I mention that?)! A nice little lineup from Edinburgh here that I’m thoroughly looking forward to.

Broken Records – A Darkness Rises Up

Broken Records – Let Me Come Home

I think I enjoyed Broken Records first album more than most. But then I’m a violinist and I really enjoy listening to their string arrangements which I think are above a lot of other bands out there, possibly because the string ‘section’ are actually proper members of the band, as opposed to having been brought in and given some music to play.

On the first listen I wasn’t quite sure what to think. It was definitely different to their previous stuff and I was a bit worried they’d moved too far away from what their original sound. However, as I’ve been absorbing it a bit more I’m starting to get a feel for what they’re doing. In my mind they’ve still got the majesty that I felt they had in the first album.

The sound is a lot deeper with a much thicker texture than before. Quite often people tell me that it’s the lyrics that they listen to first when they hear a record. For me however, I always listen to it as if the vocals are just another instrument and listen to the sound it makes more than the words it’s singing. In this album there is a definite sense that the voice is not the foremost thing. It sounds as if it’s hiding a little bit in among the other sounds, which I like. Another thing I noticed is that it seems more electrical. I notice the electric guitar, so I get the feeling that they’re moving away from the more acoustic sound they have in their first album.

Overall I think this is a step up for Broken Records. While they’re still connected to their roots they’re moving on, generating new sounds. Their single ‘A Darkness Rises Up’ is one of the highlights for me. But that may just be due to the fact that they released the single, and I’m meant to like it the most. However, I sometimes feel that this album perhaps gets a bit too drowned in sound. I feel that if the strip back just a teenie bit then they could have a clearer sound that’s easier to pick up. One upshot to this sound is that it’s easy to tell between the albums! Overall, a great album that’s definitely worth a buy and a listen.