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Broken Links
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Southampton based alternative trio Broken Links create music that’s full of sin. Yes, that’s exactly how the band’s drummer Phil describes it in our interview below. It might sound pretty dark, but also quite appealing, don’t you think? Let’s not deny that we all like a bit of a sin from time to time… And when it comes in the form of music, offering itself gloriously to your ears and enchanting you with the powerful atmospheric melodies, striking guitars and haunting vocals, then it turns into a sin you want to repeat all over again. And that’s the type of sound Broken Links master.

Want to find out more? Then read on to learn some more of an interesting stuff about the band.

I’ve heard you’re working on your second album! Is this true?

You’re sources are exceptional!  Yeah we’re about half way through the ‘difficult second album’. 6 tracks are recorded and we’re writing the remainder as we speak, with the studio booked in the coming months to get them sounding massive, thanks to Producer/Engineer Chris Coulter!!!

In what ways will this following record differ from the first one?

Well all the songs will be different that’s for sure! But more specifically I think the new will album be more diverse as a whole. We’ve got a couple of quite dark/industrial tracks recorded and some heavier numbers planned for second half of recording, as well as an instrumental. With a tad more space pop thrown into the mix…..a much more mature album!

How has your sound and songwriting evolved over the years?

Our sound has evolved as technology has. The first songs we ever played together were raw and more riff-based but as we’ve got new gear over the years, our sound has developed into a thicker, more film-like quality with the use of more synths and dual-tone bass. All the songs are built up from the music more than the lyrics. Once some good synths or guitar effects have been found, the arrangement of the song is worked on, then usually a vocal melody naturally surfaces. The lyrics are chosen based on the mood of the music, and maybe one of life’s most recent torments.

What do you think are the key characteristics of the music you’re making?

Dirty rock n roll!! Most tracks are written around a disgusting bass riff with an even more disgusting bass tone. Soaring and passionate vocals are the final layer of the sandwich which are sometimes accentuated with vocal effects for that unique sound. It’s full of sin….music to make love to…furiously.

Have you always wanted to become a musician? Who or what inspired you to choose this path?

Ever since childhood yeah, there became a summer when I realised chart music was tosh and guitar music was awesome. Stereophonics’ ‘Word Gets Around’ was the album that brought me to my senses and I’ve never looked back. That same year I felt myself tapping constantly and started learning the drums as soon as I could!

What are your most and least favourite parts of being on tour?

Being on tour is the best thing about being in a band. Other than performing, favourite parts include the banter in the back of the ‘tour van’, playing at new venues and sampling the finest local beers! Least favourites would are being stuck in traffic jams in the middle of Holland and almost losing our van when it got locked into a car park!

If you could choose any band to tour the world with, who would it be?

That’s gotta be the mighty Queens of the Stone Age. As one of the main inspirations of our band they just never get old. They’re the ultimate rock stars really, effortless levels of cool and writers of some of the best modern rock albums ever. Trent Reznor would be a welcome buddy on tour!!!

At the moment, what’s your favourite album by another band or artist?

For me it’s definitely Bring me the Horizon’s ‘Sempiternal’. I wasn’t a fan of them until I heard Shadow Moses and since then it’s my must played album of the year. It’s the perfect level of heaviness; hard rock with good melodies and the odd bit of screamo. Can’t wait to see them live!

What’s the main philosophy of Broken Links?

Industrial, sexy, sin filled life changing, smut music.

Except working on your next album, do you have any other plans you’d like to let us know about?

Yeah, we’ve got a mini tour this month where we visit London, Manchester and Liverpool to road-test some of the new tracks. Later in the year we plan to shoot 2 or 3 music videos for the new album and probably a new photoshoot for you all to peruse over. We’ve got more plans for this year too but we’ll tell you about them when we’re ready…the secret is not allowed out yet.

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