Today is Robbie Burns Day (I know I'm going to have a wee dram after the show...). In honour of Scotland's favourite son, I played a band from Edinburgh, Scotland. NME (New Musical Express) said Broken Records were "one of the country's most exciting new bands."
Although they're not a traditional Scottish band, they do have a bit of that sound just because their music includes violin, cello, and accordian...and during their faster songs, audience members bust into ceilidh dancing at their live shows. They're also one of those bands who swap instruments during their shows - a feat that wows me (and yes, I consider it a feat since I can't play one damn instrument, never mind each and every one in a band).
Y'know how we all taste different elements in wine (by the way, I've never tasted leather in my wine. Dill pickles, yes, leather, no.)? In the same way, we hear different things in bands. For example, NME called Broken Records the Scottish Arcade Fire. I hear that. They've also been compared to The Verve and The Levellers. I don't hear either of those. Stephen heard Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and The Verve.
They've just released their second album, Let Me Come Home, and from their album, I played something to which you can ceilidh: "A Darkness Rises Up".
And now...the show's over, so I'm going for my wee dram...Happy Robbie Burns Day.