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Thursday, November 14, 2019
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The Moshville Times

Band of the Day: The BRKN

If you think Sundays are a day to relax, then you should have a word with The BRKN…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from Parker, CO!

How did you meet?

Mike and I met playing at a local community church. My solo project got a tour offered and I needed a band. Since Mike and I hit it off so well, I asked him if he would come on, he said yes and the rest is history. Now we’re bandmates!

As for Kick and I, we met a long time ago when our bands were playing on the same bills all the time at local clubs. He ended up moving to L.A. but we kept in contact through social media. I asked him if he would come on the same tour I talked about earlier and he said yes. Same type of thing, we all just worked as a band. It was apparent that there was more going on than just one tour.

Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?

Well, I came up with the name from this notion that I have in my head that everybody in this world is broken in some way or another. If you look far enough back in someone’s story you’re always going to find one or multiple horrible things said person has been through molding them into the person that they are today. Changing the way they think and act towards certain things. Building up walls that otherwise wouldn’t be there. I think that’s a beautiful thing. I love hearing people’s stories and finding out what makes them who they are. It’s a way of knowing that you’re never going through something alone. That’s how I chose the name of the band.

What are your influences?

Michael Jackson, Guns’N’Roses, Neck Deep, The 1975, and Aerosmith.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I would say that our music is just fueled with a lot of energy. Very fun to listen to and easy to forget about things while listening. I’ve been told that it’s a weird mix of pop punk and rock’n’roll music that somehow just works. Honestly our music is just a mash-up of whatever we like to play and what we think sounds cool! The more we keep writing the more it’s becoming apparent that we don’t want to paint ourselves in a box.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

From a lyrical point of view, the songs are all about things that have actually happened to me and actual feelings that I have as a human being. My songs are like journals of my life, they’re an outlet for me. Not only do I write them for my own sanity but I also hope that someone in the world might hear something and feels like they’re not alone in going through all of the horrids in life. No matter how big or small we all go through something.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Between all of us we’ve played way too many shows to count. But as far as The BRKN, we’ve only been a band for about 6 months now so the amount of shows we’ve played are still in the double digits. But it won’t be too long until that changes what with the big things we have planned this fall!

Our live show is very energetic and raw. We like to play live, involve the crowd, and have fun. Essentially we like to put on shows that we would like to go see ourselves. That involves a band going off and leaving everything on the stage.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Once while we were playing a set at the Filmore here in Colorado, two guys in the front row broke out in a fight. And not just a pushing war, it was straight out of a movie, full on face shots, kicking each other, they were going for the kill. Luckily security was able to break it up but it was crazy to watch.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play Reverend Jetstreams and Gibson Les Pauls. Mike plays Gretsch drums. Kick plays Gibson Les Pauls. We’re a pretty easy band to please gear wise!

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Well we have our first single Your Existence out right now with an accompanying music video! As well as brand new merch for sale on our online store! About to hit the road for all of Fall here in the States. And coming up soon we have our new single and music video coming out on September 20th for “The Motions”!

What are your plans for the rest of 2019 and into 2020?

Our plans are basically to be on tour for as much of the year as possible. Hopefully get out of the States! And then record a new album sometime in 2020!

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

This is an awesome question! We would definitely love to open for The 1975.

As far as the other band on the bill, we would love to play with Stand Atlantic. They are one of our favorite bands to listen to and seem like really rad people! This would be a dream bill to be on!

The BRKN: official | facebook | twitter | instagram | youtube

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Ross

Described as a gig junkie, can be seen at anything from the Quireboys to Black Label Society and everything in between.

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They are a good band and wonderful people