The Broken Family Band

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The Broken Family Band
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Background information
Origin Cambridge, England, UK
Genres Indie rock, new wave, rock, alternative country
Years active 2002–2009[1]
Labels Cooking Vinyl
The Track & Field Organisation
Snowstorm
Harvest Time
Associated acts The Singing Adams
Singing Adams
Steven James Adams
Members Steven James Adams
Jay Williams
Gavin Johnson
Mick Roman

The Broken Family Band was a British rock band from Cambridge and London.

The band was formed in Cambridge, England by Steven Adams, Jay Williams, Micky Roman and Gavin Johnson in 2001, following the break-up of Adams and Williams’ indie rock band Hofman. Their musical style has variously been referred to as alt. country, country rock, new wave, and indie-rock (the latter term being favoured by the band).

Career[edit]

Originally formed "for fun" and to play irregular shows at their local pub and record one album, the band were encouraged by friends to perform support slots in London. After appearing on a bill with The Walkmen, they were signed to indie label Snowstorm, for which they recorded one mini album ‘The King Will Build A Disco’ and their first full length album ‘Cold Water Songs’, both of which featured guest appearances from Samantha Parton from The Be Good Tanyas, Martin Green from Lau, Inge Thomson from Harem Scarem and Owen Turner from Magoo. Both records received an excellent critical response, as well bringing the group to the attention of John Peel, who had them record two sessions.

Following a trip to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, the band moved to The Track & Field Organisation record label, for which they recorded the mini album Jesus Songs (which includes a cover of "The King Of Carrot Flowers Part 2" by Neutral Milk Hotel, having received permission from the song’s reclusive author Jeff Mangum), and the albums Welcome Home, Loser, Balls and Hello Love. Throughout this period the group’s reputation and fanbase increased, resulting in them performing at Glastonbury Festival, the Green Man Festival, Tanned Tin, on the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, in Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Ireland…

The Broken Family Band were invited in 2006 to make a short film[2] for Channel 4 for their "4Play" strand; they did this and it was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2006 at 1.25am, with 0.14 million viewers (4.1% UK audience share). The second broadcast was on 12 November 2006 at 2.10am, with 0.07 million viewers and a 3.6% audience share. The programme was ably produced by High Horse Films.

The group originally featured a selection of guests, both on recordings and in live performance, although as their sound become less rooted in acoustic traditions, they began to solely appear as a four-piece, occasionally augmented by Timothy Victor.

In 2009 the band moved to Cooking Vinyl and released the album Please And Thank You. The band announced on their 2009 tour that this album was to be their last, and that their final date in Cambridge would be their last gig.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2007, Time Out described the band as being "Cambridge’s most famous recipients of relentless critical acclaim".[3]

In November 2007, Welcome Home Loser was included in The Guardian newspaper's '1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die'.[4]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Steven Adams now performs with the band Singing Adams, who released their debut album Everybody Friends Now on Records Records Records records in April 2010. Their second album 'Moves' was released December 2012.

In 2006 Adams released the album 'Problems' on Track & Field under the name The Singing Adams, which featured contributions from various friends. A live band version of The Singing Adams featuring Timothy Victor and Howard Monk performed a few shows in London in 2007.

Adams has also written for The Guardian and The Times newspapers, as well as for The Stool Pigeon music paper. In 2006 he was commissioned by The Today Programme to write a song commemorating the show broadcasting from Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 he was commissioned to write a song for Radio 3’s The Verb as well as a Christmas song for The Today Programme.

Roman also plays drums for Daniel Flay & The Irreparable Guilt. As of November 2009, the group are recording an E.P due for limited release in 2010 with shows around the U.K to be announced.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Love Your Man, Love Your Woman" - June 2007

"Happy Days Are Here Again" (Track & Field) - September 2005

"Poor Little Thing" (Harvest Time Recordings) - April 2004

"The Broken Family Band & Magoo Christmas single" (Snowstorm Records) - December 2003

"At the Back of the Chapel" (Snowstorm Records) - September 2003

"Mitcham's Corner/This Is a Drinking Establishment" (Glitterhouse Records) - June 2003

"The Perfect Gentleman" (Snowstorm Records) - March 2003

"Alone In The Makeout Room / It's All Over / I Send My Love To You (The Track & Field Organisation) - 26th February 2007

Mini Albums[edit]

  • Jesus Songs (Track & Field) - March 2004
  • The King Will Build a Disco (Snowstorm Records) - November 2002

Albums[edit]

  • Please and Thank You (Cooking Vinyl) - April 2009
  • Hello Love (Track & Field) - July 2007
  • Balls (Track & Field) - February 2006
  • Welcome Home, Loser (Track & Field) - February 2005
  • Cold Water Songs (Snowstorm Records) - June 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ As announced in their Official website
  2. ^ "At Home With The Broken Family Band". Video Clip, some adult words. High Horse Films. 
  3. ^ Timeout.com
  4. ^ Guardian.co.uk

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