It’s typical of OtBT that we would only get round to organising a session with one of our favourite local bands when both band and us were half way around the world. And so it was that we took Broken Records down an alley.
We’d seen Broken Records live umpteen times over the past few years and loved their debut album, Until The Earth Begins To Part, so when they agreed to do a session for us at SXSW, we were pretty excited. When we met them and they wanted to play a brand new song for us, we were even more excited.
That song turned out to be “A Darkness Rises Up”, a song they would record during the sessions for their second album, Let Me Come Home, which began a week after this was filmed. At the very start of the episode you will see an early live version of the song, played a few hours after we shot the session, in the venue who’s back door we filmed beside. The acoustic version we filmed consists of frontman Jamie on guitar and vocals and his brother, multi-instrumentalist Rory, on violin. It’s, frankly, ace, and you should go and download it, before watching the video.
The second track is “If Eilert Loevborg Wrote A Song, It Would Sound Like This”, a track from their 2009 debut. A live favourite of ours for a while, the usual, almost Russian style opening has been replaced with a some vigorous muted strums to lead straight into the up tempo intro. If you listen very carefully, you’ll hear the banging and revving of some Austin bin men, not oblivious but certainly unimpressed with two pasty Scottish boys playing music (with two more filming) and getting in their way.
Broken Records’ new album, Let Me Come Home, is out next Monday, and you should order it.
Find out more at brokenrecordsband.com
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