Interview: Broken Lines

We recently had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label. Our latest one was with Mark, Dave and Jack from Welsh rock three-piece Broken Lines where we found out about their imminent debut album, musical influences and love of films.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
Very well so far! We’ve been pretty busy in our studio recording our debut album. We’ve also done some great shows and made a lot of new friends along the way!

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We are currently putting the finishing touches on our debut album and hopefully it will be finished in a couple of weeks. We are hoping to release the album in the Autumn at an album release show, venue yet to be decided.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We have a sizeable backlog of new material to work on once we have finished this album. It is likely that we will drop a second album towards the end of the year. Hopefully it will be another step up for us and we’ll be further refining our craft.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
After the album drops we will be promoting it with a series of gigs in the Autumn and Winter. With the album boxed off we can let our hair down and let rip on stage!

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Mark: Musically: The Stranglers, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, New Model Army, Bob Marley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Steve Harley. We have all sorts of influences from all sorts of sources. Some of our songs are inspired by films (can you guess which ones?). Some are inspired by what we see going on around us and in the world today. There’s plenty of stuff going on that has an impact on us day to day, so there’s no shortage of inspiration, be it good or bad!

Dave: Jimi Hendrix, Nick Cave, Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Bowie. We are all interested in art of all forms. For me, human beings are creative, expressive and sensitive creatures and all these things combine together in the creative process. I just want to try and channel the feelings I have about life, observations I’ve had or just letting stuff out and expressing it through our music.

Jack: New York Dolls and The Pink Fairies. No other influences that I’m aware of!

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Mark: Yeah absolutely! I would recommend you check out The Claypool Lennon Delirium. This is Les Claypool, the genius behind Primus, and Sean Lennon, son of John. It’s such a refreshing sound and yet quite nostalgic at the same time.

Dave: Thee Oh Sees – for energy! Tom Morello – just because he is a legend. Thurston Moore and Nick Cave, both massive inspirations for me.

Jack: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with Beth Gibbons, Dead Skeletons, Raphael Saadiq, Monie Love, P J Harvey, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and Mahler.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Give us a listen; you won’t regret it! We try to get our live feel down on to recordings.
We are loud and wear our hearts on our sleeves. We like to be completely immersed in what we are doing and no show is the same. We live for playing live and for the performance. Come see us, you’ll love it.

Any last words for the fans?
Yep, come and see us play live. You won’t find a trio that makes a bigger noise anywhere!