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The Year In Review: Broken Records

22nd December 2010
The Year In Review: Broken Records

Artist: Broken Records
Title: Let Me Come Home
Cat No: CAD3X33
Release date: 25th October 2010 (11th Jan 2011 in US)

"It is an elegant and, quite frankly, utterly beautiful record." - NME (8/10)
"Heartbreak, anger and triumph turned into stirring songs." - News of the World (4/5)
"A heavier, thumpingly rhythmic, guitar-led series of songs in which those chamber-folk string arrangements have mostly been put back in the box." - The Herald

Broken Records' second album Let Me Come Home was released outside of America in October, with the US release due on 11th January 2011. Recorded with producer Tony Doogan in Glasgow throughout April and May of this year, the album features vocals from Jill O'Sullivan of Sparrow and the Workshop, and artwork created by the legendary Vaughan Oliver.

The follow-up to 2009's debut Until The Earth Begins To Part, Let Me Come Home started out as a series of sketches and song fragments in frontman Jamie Sutherland's kitchen, later taking form in demo sessions at an old distillery grain store in the Highlands. The band then retreated to Doogan's studio in Glasgow where the album was completed.

To mark the release of the album, Broken Records recorded five songs for the latest installment in the 4AD Sessions series. In keeping with the stately qualities of the band’s music, the session was filmed in a now derelict ornate chapel just off the Old Kent Road, built as part of the Victuallers’ Asylum founded in 1827. Amidst stained-glass memorial windows and regal marble tablets, Broken Records ran through stirring renditions of several album tracks, including first single 'A Darkness Rises Up', while on ‘Home’, brothers Jamie and Rory Sutherland deliver a stripped down performance that further highlights the emotional gravitas at the band’s core. View the full session here.

With the album set for release in the US in the new year, the band have grand plans for the next twelve months. A joint co-headline European tour with US band Freelance Whales begins in late January, with the band's first ever US tour following in February through to March. Looking back over the last year, the band had this to say:

“After the release of the album we spent November touring the UK as well as fitting in live radio sessions for Huey Morgan's BBC 6Music show, Vic Galloway's BBC Scotland show and John Kennedy on XFM. The new year sees the release of the second single from the album, 'You Know You're Not Dead' on the 3rd of January and we'll be joining Scottish/Canadian supergroup The Burns Unit for a Celtic Connections show in Glasgow on the 16th. February sees us embarking on a joint headline tour around the UK and Europe with American band Freelance Whales, followed by our own debut US headline tour.”

2011 TOUR DATES
30th Jan - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
1st Feb - Crawdaddy, Dublin
2nd Feb - XOYO, London
3rd Feb - Deaf Institute, Manchester
4th Feb - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
5th Feb - Audio, Brighton
7th Feb - Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg
8th Feb - Magnet Club, Berlin
9th Feb - Melkweg, Amsterdam
10th Feb - La Rotonde, Brussels
12th Feb - Fleche d'Or, Paris
20th Feb - Black Cat, Washington
21st Feb - North Star, Philadelphia
22nd Feb - Mercury Lounge, New York
23rd Feb - Rock Shop, New York
24th Feb - Brighton Music Hall, Boston
26th Feb - Schubas, Chicago
27th Feb - Triple Rock Social Club, MN
2nd Mar - Tractor Tavern, Seattle
3rd Mar - Mississippi Studios, Portland
5th Mar - The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco
6th Mar - Satellite Club, Los Angeles

Let Me Come Home is out now on CD, LP and download.

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