The Broken Vinyl Club
|The Broken Vinyl Club|
|Labels||Acid Jazz Records|
The band are known for their close harmonies and jangly guitar sound and have been compared to bands such as The Beatles, The Byrds, The La's and The Kinks. They are often referred to as one of the UK's new breed of mod bands.
Formation and See Monkey Do Monkey
Multi instrumentalists Scott Howells and Meirion Townsend got together at the end of 2008 as a means of using the new studio that Meirion had just finished building in the basement of a tattoo shop in Aberdare. They had originally intended to write and record songs while getting drunk on Friday nights but soon realised that that they could have the basis of a decent band and so recruited Justin Beynon, who had been in the relatively successful local band Cripplecreek on lead guitar and Jamie Taylor, who had played with Scott in Black Hand Laser Band on bass.
After a couple of months of solid rehearsals, the band played their first gig at Buffalo in Cardiff in May 2009. They then set about playing as many gigs as possible across South Wales while using Meirion's studio to start recording a debut album. While playing a gig at Ten Feet Tall in Cardiff, the band were spotted by local label See Monkey Do Monkey (home to one of the bands heroes The Keys) who asked to sign them on the spot. The band released their debut double A-side single I Want You Girl/ In My Mind on the label in October 2010.
Shortly after releasing 'I Want You Girl', the video for the song  was passed on to Welsh actor Jonny Owen who was so impressed by the band that he then passed it on to some of the contacts he has in the music industry as a result of his internet TV show Svengali  . The band were then asked to play at the launch night for Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green club in Islington, London . The night was attended by Gallagher, as well as his Beady Eye bandmates Gem Archer and Andy Bell, actor Martin Freeman and Acid Jazz Records boss Eddie Piller.
The buzz around the band continued to grow with former Creation Records boss Alan McGee announcing, after seeing the band, that they could be massive. Acid Jazz then got in touch with the band to ask to use their song I Want You Girl as part of a compilation of new mod-inspired bands they were putting together called Hipsters 2. Soon after this the label asked to hear all of the songs they had recorded to date and eventually signed the band on a 3 album deal.
Stereophonics support and "Diamonds in Her Eyes"
Shortly after the release of their debut album, the band were personally asked by fellow Welshman Kelly Jones to support his band Stereophonics at one of three Christmas shows they had lined up at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. They were also asked to support them at a warm-up for those shows at Bournemouth's O2 Academy.
Following the success of those shows, the band released a second single on Acid Jazz, the non-album track "Diamonds in Her Eyes", in February 2012.
|The Broken Vinyl Club|
|Studio album by The Broken Vinyl Club|
|Producer||The Broken Vinyl Club|
- The Broken Vinyl Club
All songs written and composed by Howells/ The Broken Vinyl Club except tracks 5 and 12 (Beynon/ The Broken Vinyl Club)
|2.||"She Just Keeps Me Waiting"|
|3.||"All In Your Head"|
|4.||"Hiding From The Truth"|
|5.||"One Way Street"|
|7.||"I Want You Girl"|
|9.||"In My Mind"|
|10.||"You Help Me"|
- I Want You Girl/ In My Mind (See Monkey Do Monkey, 2010)
- One Way Street (Acid Jazz Records, 2011)
- Diamonds In Her Eyes (Acid Jazz Records, 2012)
- The Broken Vinyl Club release debut single
- Interview with Scott Howells for Live4Ever
- The Broken Vinyl Club release double A-side I Want You Girl
- Video for 'I Want You Girl'
- stars sign up for web comedy
- Broken Vinyl Club strut their stuff at fashion do
- Broken Vinyl Club count Liam Gallagher and Alan McGee as fans
- Hipsters 2 on Amazon
- Interview with The Broken Vinyl Club for BBC Wales
- Way Street on HMV