Broken Records @ Oran Mor 08-11-09

November 13, 2009

BROKEN RECORDS
Oran Mor, Glasgow, November 8 * * *

It’s been a year of two halves for Edinburgh’s Broken Records. Before the release of Until The Earth Begins To Part, the septet seemed to be heading in the right direction – crowds and column inches were growing steadily.
However since receiving distinctly average reviews for their debut back in June, the band has struggled to command the same levels of interest. Proof tonight came courtesy of a sparse turnout that struggled to half fill the Oran Mor’s basement venue.
That lack of punters made awkward silences between songs a constant factor and one which ultimately prompted a certain degree of sympathy for a band coming to terms with the flipside of the press.
“Big and brash” was how singer Jamie Sutherland described Until The Earth before easing into the title track from recently re-released EP Out On The Water. But without the kind of euphoric changes and hooks of their Arcadian influences, most songs were just brash – building to a predictable plateau, they left the listener waiting for a crescendo that never came
Balkan-ised folk numbers Lies, If Eilert Loveborg Wrote A Song It Would Sound Like This and A Good Reason did inject some much-needed energy into proceedings but it wasn’t enough to distract from what had been an underwhelming performance from an average band.

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