Though 2020 was a year that most of us would rather forget, it’s also been a year that has highlighted more than ever the widening class divide within the UK, and the disdainful ‘one rule for us’ mentality harboured by those in power. And while there are plenty of people who are quite happy to be spoon fed shit and smile, there’s an equal number who refuse to swallow it.
Broken Lines fall into the latter category. A three-piece from Pembrokeshire who harbour as much piss and vinegar as they do snarling punk spirit, their sound is impossible to pigeon-hole, let alone cage, fusing together elements of post-punk, psych, and classic rock to form a triumvirate of uncompromising alternative rock.
The band’s latest single ‘Out of Control’ is equal parts desperate plea and rallying cry. Three minutes of unhinged post-punk that clatters and careers towards its conclusion, it seeks both recognition and understanding while highlighting the unsustainability manifest in current global power constructs.
What made you want to get into music?
The love of music, the love of creativity, the joy of collaborating with others and to be able to truly and freely express ourselves and connect to the magic. The desire to get our stories, thoughts and beliefs across. Music is about storytelling and expression – we love it.
How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?
We have a studio space to practice and rehearse in, it is always set up as if we’re onstage, but with full PA and recording facilities. We always practice like we’re on stage, there is no other way!? Every track we record is done in the same way – one take, all together as if we have a massive audience in front of us! Go for it!
What comes first: lyrics or music?
It varies! Sometimes we have lyrics that really work and we look for a riff, melody or chord progression to suit. Other times, we’ll jam and record it and then we’ll either fit existing lyrics to it or they will manifest over time.
With our latest release: Out of Control, we had a song and chord structure all ready to go, then at one practice session we couldn’t quite get it to work properly! David (guitar / vocal), stopped playing the chord progression and Mark (bass / vocal / samplers) took over and came up with the amazing bass line, which David then punctuated when it felt right. Jack (drums / vocals / keyboards) developed the fantastic opening ‘tribal’ drums and it blew us away!
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
The Fleece – March 2020, just before lockdown! We were absolutely flying as we had played a series of gigs and had several more lined up. We were totally on it and we had a great crowd to play to. Just one of those moments and to top it off, we got great feedback from the team at The Fleece.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Plain to See by Broken Lines – such a great song, brilliant intro and really proud of it! Play it a lot!
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Everything! The music ‘industry’ has become an unpleasant animal that consumes creativity and talent to provide a means for its grotesque financial growth and profiteering. It is composed of greedy, insecure and talentless overlords who use their financial muscle to manipulate and control. Without the artists there would be no industry and yet they are seen as the lowest form of life and have to work for every scrap of success. Even radio DJs see themselves as ‘better’ than the artists they interview, it is cringing to hear musicians being humbled by them!
The industry has developed into a machine that churns out mediocre, safe and familiar trash that feeds the masses, using money, connections, power and sex to sell its filty wares. Most truly creative musicians will never make it as they don’t have the resources, stamina or the ‘right look’ to succeed. It’s the same cancer that stifles all creative forms and it is a real shame. There should be a working wage given to all creative people to enable them to live comfortably and fulfill their true potential. Without artists, the world would be a very sad place! Art is everywhere.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Keep it simple.
Keep simplifying the song, removing as much as you can until you are left with it’s purest form – Nick Cave
Push yourself further and further with what you are doing until you are out of your depth and feel scared, that’s true creativity…! – David Bowie
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
Cruelty – Bristol based band, they are brilliant!
What’s in store for you when all this is over?
We are part of the Wave of Love Festival (WOLF) http://www.waveoflovefestival.com – organised by our distribution company: Wolf Entertainment. This is a global, online festival running for 24 hours on May 8th 2021 (pending Covid lockdowns) We are really excited about this and will be performing a full, live set from our studio.
We are in the process of writing and recording our second album, we have loads of great, new material and can’t wait to get back to that. Then there’s gigs, we can’t wait to get out there and play live!
Talk us through the new track / video
The song is a rebellious cry for help, understanding and above all, recognition. Shouting out about how the rules and regulations we live by are so misguided and based around profit and power. How the media has become an intrinsic part of society’s false Gods and how they are used to distract the masses. Are they the true overlords? Who do they think they are? How the decision makers are so disconnected from the very planet that gives them life and how disconnected we are as a species (…I’m on the outside looking in…) and how all this is creating a world that is Out of Control – famine, deforestation, factory farming, racism, weapons, wars, social divide, nuclear disasters and pandemics and how they are dealt with…