First great release of 2011: Broken Records

Here we are, not even two weeks into the new year, and I’ve already got an album for my “Favorites of 2011” list. I find it hard to resist Scottish vocalists, especially when they’ve got the full support of a multi-piece backing band such as Jamie Sutherland’s got with Broken Records. Let Me Come Home is the band’s second release and quick dispels any notion of a sophomore slump by delivering a beautiful sounding winter soundtrack. Breaking out of the typical rock boundaries (singer, guitar, bass, drums) by adding a breadth of additional instrumentation (violin, piano, trumpet), Broken Records epic, orchestral songs put them in a league with Snow Patrol, The Frames and Frightened Rabbit among others (all favorite bands of mine).

DOWNLOAD: “A Darkness Rises Above”
DOWNLOAD: “A Leaving Song”

Broken Records is doing a short run in the U.S. in late February/early March and playing relatively smaller venues. Here’s hoping that these shows do well as inspire the band to make another pass through the States at some point in 2011. I have a feeling they put on the type of show that can’t be missed.

Feb 20 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
Feb 21 – Philadelphia – North Star Bar
Feb 22 – New York City – Mercury Lounge
Feb 23 – New York City – Rock Shop
Feb 24 – Boston – Brighton Music Hall
Feb 26 – Chicago – Schubas
Feb 27 – Minneapolis – Triple Rock Social Club
Mar 02 – Seattle – Tractor Tavern
Mar 03 – Portland – Mississippi Studios
Mar 05 – San Francisco – Rickshaw Stop
Mar 06 – Los Angeles – Satellite Club

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