Broken Records (band)

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Broken Records at the OldFruitmarket Glasgow January 2011
Background information
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Indie folk, indie rock, chamber pop
Years active 2006–-present
Labels 4AD
Members Jamie Sutherland
Rory Sutherland
Andy Keeney
Craig Ross
Ad Mac
Past members Arne Kolb
David Fothergill
Dave Smith
Ian Turnbull
Stephen Gillon

Broken Records are a band from Edinburgh, Scotland, which formed in December 2006.[1] The band are signed to 4AD and released their debut album, Until the Earth Begins to Part, in June 2009. Their second album Let Me Come Home was released in October 2010, and their third Weights and Pulleys in May 2014.


The band was originally a three-piece comprising Jamie Sutherland, brother Rory Sutherland (violin, guitar and accordion), and Ian Turnbull (guitar, piano and accordion).[1] After a few performances they added Arne Kolb (cello), Dave Smith (piano, trumpet), Andrew Keeney (drums), and David Fothergill (bass).[1] Broken Records played 60 gigs in 2007 and recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 at the Maida Vale studios.[1] They played a well-received set at T in the Park's T Break stage in 2007[2] and went on to play two sets at the 2008 Connect Festival, including a well-attended headlining set at the Your Sound bandstand.

Broken Records released three singles on three different record labels throughout 2008: "If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It" on Young Turks in April,[3] "Slow Parade" on Label Fandango in August,[4] and "Lies" on Distiller Records in November.[5]

Tipped for big things by publications such as The Skinny, NME[6] and Q, the band signed a deal with the independent record label 4AD, with whom they released their debut album Until the Earth Begins to Part on 1 June 2009.[7][8] The album has been described by frontman Jamie Sutherland as "based around all the shit things men do."[9]

Broken Records released a digital EP, entitled Out on the Water, on 2 November 2009. The release contains songs recorded before Until the Earth Begins to Part.[10][11] The band covered The Beatles' song "Oh! Darling" for Mojo Magazine's Abbey Road Now!, a free cover-mounted CD given away with the October 2009 issue of the magazine.

In August 2010, 4AD announced the release of the band's second album, entitled Let Me Come Home, released on 25 October 2010.[12] The album was produced by Tony Doogan, and features artwork by renowned graphic artist Vaughan Oliver.[12] Frontman Jamie Sutherland said of the album's inspiration:

In August, the band also announced the shift from being a seven-piece band to a six-piece for live touring with the departure of Arne and Gill, and the introduction of new member, Craig Ross, taking up bass and guitar duties.


Use of the violin, cello, and accordion gives them a distinctly Scottish edge and their faster numbers have been known to provoke ceilidh dancing at gigs. The NME branded them the Scottish Arcade Fire, although this is an accolade previously bestowed on My Latest Novel. The band, who swap instruments when performing live, have received numerous comparisons to Arcade Fire, and have also been compared to The Verve and The Levellers.[6][13][14][15] They were described by NME in 2008 as "one of the country's most exciting new bands."[6] Their album 2014 Weights and Pulleys was described as "skilfull songwriting, immaculately executed, consistently excellent." by Kate Travers for The Line of Best Fit.[16] Their live shows have been described as eliciting an "ecstatic reaction"[17] and "crack[ing] open the atmosphere and turn[ing] simple enjoyment into euphoria."[18] by Will Fitzpatrick for The Skinny.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Out on the Water (2009)
  • Lies (2010)
  • Tosca (2014)


  • "If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It" (Young Turks, YT012), 14 April 2008
    1. "If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It"
    2. "Lessons Never Learned"
  • "Slow Parade" (Label Fandango, GALLAGOS022), 18 August 2008
    1. "Slow Parade"
    2. "The Problem with Remembering"
  • "Lies" (Distiller Records, DTIL 006), 3 November 2008
    1. "Lies"
    2. "Travelling Songs"
  • "Until the Earth Begins to Part" (4AD, AD 2909), 11 May 2009
    1. "Until the Earth Begins to Part"
    2. "And They All Fell Into the Sea"
  • "A Good Reason" (4AD), September 2009
    1. "A Good Reason"
  • "Lies" iTunes reissue (4AD), 9 March 2010
    1. "Lies"
    2. "Travelling Songs"
    3. "Lies" (music video)
  • "A Leaving Song" free digital download (4AD), 13 August 2010
    1. "A Leaving Song"
  • "A Darkness Rises Up" digital download (4AD), 18 October 2010


  1. ^ a b c d Hailstone, Jamie (2008) "Broken Records: Epic Seven Piece Edinburgh Band", Clash, 31 March 2008
  2. ^ "Independent Music Promotions". Club Fandango. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Young Turks — YT012: Broken Records - If The News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It". 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Single review by Ewen Millar. (2008-10-29). "Broken Records - Lies". The Skinny. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  6. ^ a b c Nicolson, Barry (2008) "Broken Records: A tale of two cities. King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (September 23)", NME, 3 October 2008
  7. ^ [2] Archived 16 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Murray, Robin (2009) "Broken Records Get Snapped Up: Scots sign to 4AD", Clash, 4 February 2009
  9. ^ "Until The Earth Begins To Part - track-by-track interview", The Pop Cop, 2 June 2009
  10. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Broken Records to release digital EP". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. ^ 4AD - News - Broken Records - Announce new EP and UK tour dates Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ a b c 4AD - News - Broken Records announce new album, free MP3 and live shows Archived 20 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. |date=13 August 2010
  13. ^ Smith, Aidan (2008) "One hell of a racket - Broken Records interview", The Scotsman, 3 August 2008
  14. ^ "Broken Records: Reminiscent of The Verve in their prime", Clash
  15. ^ Larkin, Colin (2008) "Broken Records - If The News Makes You Sad Don't Watch It", Clash, 18 April 2008
  16. ^ "Broken Records - Weights and Pulleys". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Nothing Ever Happens Here: Broken Records, Summerhall - The Skinny". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  18. ^ "Broken Records live review: Edinburgh, Aug 2016 - The Skinny". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 

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