Monday, January 22, 2007

The Broken West - Down in the Valley

ARTIST / BAND: The Broken West
SONG (MP3): Down in the Valley
ALBUM: I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
FILE UNDER: Ghettotech / Regional Mexican / Rock
LABEL: Merge

INFO: The Broken West formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2004, a group of friends from all across the country, coming together based on their mutual love of music. Originally known as The Brokedown, the band changed their name in the fall of 2006 in response to concerns from another band out of Chicago with a similar name. Names may change, but great music still remains. So far in their young rock and roll life The Broken West have already released a critically acclaimed EP – The Dutchman’s Gold – and criss-crossed the country several times, we're assuming in a beat-up van. In January 2007, Merge will release their debut full length, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, wherein the lads craft their roughly elegant pop with infectious confidence that belies their relatively short career to date. I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On is a true power pop gem - shimmering and cool, with sharp edges and soaring melodies - recorded over the course of a year (July 2005-August 2006) under the watchful eye and patient, insightful ears of engineer Raymond Richards at his Red Rockets Glare studio in Rancho Park, CA.

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