“Live Like An Animal”

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After three years out of the studio, Broken Glow is proud to announce the release of their new album, “Live Like An Animal.” The six track offering showcases the band’s raw live energy and stylistically eclectic songwriting. From the chaos of lead track “Portrait Of A Madman” to the distorted diminished blues of “Get Out” and the ethereal floatation of “Cage,” each song embodies its own space. Fully engineered by Tyler Cutitta of Omingnome, “Live Like An Animal” is inspired by the band’s recent relocation out of Brooklyn and into the low country of Savannah, GA, and is dedicated to late band member Brenner Eugenides. Astute listeners will recognize cameos from Savannah musicians Sara Clash (Sub Zero, Chicks Throwing Bricks, Culture Vulture) and Tony Bavaro (Omingnome), and it is with that sense of community that Broken Glow releases the album.

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On Saturday June 21st, 2014, Broken Glow will be joined by Sister Beards, Xulu Prophet, Shapes & Their Names and KNife at Pour Larry’s in Savannah’s City Market to officially unveil the album on the world. This event promises to be a highlight of the summer as some of Savannah’s favorite local groups from across musical genres come together to celebrate. Expect drink, dancing, debauchery and, of course, disastrous decibels. Pick up a physical copy of “Live Like An Animal” at the release show, or find the band on Spotify, iTunes or Amazon music, and keep your eyes peeled for the first issue of Musaic Magazine, complete with a review of “Live Like An Animal.”

In the mean time, check out a preview of “Sun Comes Up,” the album’s lead single. You can also hear this track spinning this Sunday night 6/15/14 on Rock 106.1 during Underexposed. Until then, roar, friends, roar.

Album Review: “Son Of A Gun,” Miggs Son

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Miggs Son spitting

We at Broken Glow highly endorse artists and musicians of any genre or medium who take an exploratory approach to their craft. While the band’s musical style is heavily grounded in rock music of the past, Broken Glow has also been afforded numerous opportunities to collaborate with acoustic acts, jazz musicians, theater productions, classical performances and hip hop artists. The band has always felt that what’s good is good, regardless of genre. It is in this spirit that Garrett has reviewed “Son Of A Gun,” the brand new release from another northern transplant to the Hostess City, philosorapper Miggs. Check out the review below, which will be included in the next issue of Pale Blue Dot’s DIY arts publication, Musaic Magazine.

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“Son Of A Gun,” Miggs

In an age of voice-correction, crispy synth stock beats and generic “get mine” materialist messages, the mainstream of radio hip hop has discouraged many devotees of the genre. Whereas at one time rappers were revered for skills in delivery and writing, recent years have seen the spotlight shining on producers cranking out the next club hit. While the seeming disintegration of the industry’s “hip hop” may spell trouble for some, it has fueled the furnace fires of independent artists aiming to reclaim their beloved form of expression. Their solution: go organic. This approach is evident on the new album “Son Of A Gun,” a triumphant collection of 13 tracks from Savannah’s reigning not-a-rapper Miggs Son.

Before the beats begin, a radio voice from a bygone age discusses “absolute music,” as though the listener is about to embark on a lecture in orchestral composition. The theme of “absolute music,” or creating music for its own sake, is a Baroque Era concept which is in contrast with the more structural music of the Classical Period and the narrative “program music” of the Romantic Era. These themes, while only briefly mentioned in the opening dialogue, reveal an approach which is often overlooked in popular music. That this rumination on various forms of music opens the album is indicative that these elements are present throughout the album. Tracks such as “You” and “Ordinary Guy” have very distinctly narrative forms, while “Illest Illustrator” and “Mo Honeys Mo Problems” are tracks focusing more on the writing, the crafting of rhymes and lyrical themes. Regarding music for its own sake, “Knowhatimean” and “Never Comin’ Down” are two standout tracks, catchy in their own right and notable for their melodies and memorability.

From the first Coltrane swells that lead “Toccata & Fugue” into a distopic organ-driven world to the waning strains of the Peter Pan-inspired final track “When I Grow Up,” Miggs sets the tonal landscape for his thunderous beats with the sounds of old jazz, vinyl scratches and warm production. Throughout the record live instrumentation and guest appearances from various Savannah musicians bring different vibes to each song, and every track embodies its own space thanks to intimate production by the rapper’s brother Freak Tha Monsta. And while many traditional hip hop images remain present (pursuit of females, success, overcoming adverse odds, etc), the album’s overall feel harks back to the opening rumination on the pursuit of various artistic experiences. Miggs raps with a deep pocketed flow, and his signature irreverent humor is broken here and there with raw sincerity as he hits on cosmic awareness, visual arts, personal demons and the fleeting nature of youth. “Son Of A Gun” is a refreshing return to classic hip hop – honest, rooted in the past yet pushing through to the future. Recommended for anyone with ears.

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But don’t take our word for it, go download “Son Of A Gun” for yourself here, and keep your ears open for more new music coming your way from Savannah.

DIY or DIE

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For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Broken Glow is a full do-it-yourself operation. From the band’s very first show in a Connecticut living room, to the self-recorded “Watercolors” EP and subsequent release bash in Brooklyn, the band has been self-booked, self-designed, self-reliant. This holds true even now, nearly six years into the band’s career. All photography, artwork and output comes from the dudes and their few true friends. Maintaining artistic control has been the main motivating factor, and the guys have learned over the years that if you really want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.

Yet even towering titans of tumultuous tunes can get bogged down. Many hands make light work, so few hands must make heavy work. For other independent bands and artists this is obvious. When the burdens of promotion, booking, creative design, networking, and management all fall on the shoulders of a few individuals these relatively simple tasks on their own can grow into seemingly insurmountable lists of things to do, people to call, emails to write, stuff to get done. Adding to the load is that many of us work day jobs as we hone our respective projects, and simply keeping oneself in house and home means we devote full work weeks to tasks removed from our artistic goals, spending precious hours of inspiration behind work counters and office computers. Thus our mounting to-do list is now also heavily time-constrained, and we haven’t even figured in the actual practice of our craft. There comes a time when a somewhat larger organization becomes helpful, if not necessary, in managing the many aspects of pursuing a blossoming artistic career.

Broken Glow specifically has been engaged in various forms of collaborative organizing during their career, all the while keeping in mind the importance of artistic freedom. In the summer of 2010, the band relocated from Hartford, CT to Bushwick, the swinging hipster capitol of Brooklyn, NY at the time. All five then-members occupied a tiny loft on McKibbin St, and were shocked to find in their building an already-existing community of musicians, then dubbed the Potion Collective. They soon realized that most of the hundreds of residents of the large dual-building loft complex were young creative folk too, and they’d organized a loose association of resident creators that provided platforms for performance. In their same building was located Good Friend Electric, a hub of musical and cultural activity. Here the boys found weekly open mic events, showcases and multi-genre music events. The Potion Collective soon sponsored shows at outside venues, organized benefit events, arranged block parties and helped found Mustache Magazine, a volunteer-created cultural publication online and in print which focused on the bands in the scene. Everywhere around them, the members of Broken Glow saw their ideal DIY approach to making their own art being practiced by countless other musicians and artists. This was surely the right environment for a fresh band from out of town to find themselves in, and it was in this environment that “Watercolors” came to be released.

A lot has changed for Broken Glow since that time. Brenner’s death sent the group in separate ways for about a year, with Garrett moving to Savannah, GA to write and reflect. Though Andrew remains in Brooklyn to shred with Cousin Sleaze, it was only a matter of time before Paul joined Garrett in the Hostess City to continue doing what they do best: ROCK. Yet with a new, stripped-down identity and even fewer hands with which to work, the band soon realized what they had to do.

Pale Blue Dot DIY Collective, painted by Garrett Deming

Pale Blue Dot DIY Collective, painted by Garrett Deming

After a few months of getting a foothold in the underground rock scene of Savannah, Broken Glow has been pleased to see a familiar circumstance reemerging through the Spanish moss of Savannah’s SOFO area. In February of 2014, a wide group of variously talented artists and musicians came together under the monicker of the Pale Blue Dot DIY Music Collective. The idea is simple. Each member of the community has different skills, networks, and access to resources. As somewhat fledgeling professionals, many emerging independent artists don’t possess all of the skills, networks, or resources necessary to run a fully functioning organization on their own. However, if everybody involved pools their various talents, the collective can theoretically provide access to those skills, networks, and resources to the members of the community. One band may know a venue contact they can share with everybody, and then know that their show will be promoted. Perhaps someone needs to borrow gear while theirs is in the shop? Maybe this person is willing to pass out fliers, so long as someone with more skill designs it. The combinations are endless, but the central idea remains : if everyone does a little work, together we’ll have accomplished much.

Broken Glow has been heavily involved in the Pale Blue Dot Collective of late, having played three house shows in April with various PBD bands including Lion Slicer, Unicycle Escape Pod, Culture Vulture, Beneath Trees, Feary Teeth and Shapes & Their Names. They’ve seen packed shows at the PBD House, The Warehouse Loft and Emerald House. April 24th saw the release of Sunbeam Music & Art Magazine, a new publication devoted to the chronicling of Savannah’s current DIY scene. Included in the first issue are 3 written pieces by Garrett, as well as a few of his recent paintings. Certainly, sticking to the do-it-yourself ethic is one thing, but the do-it-together approach yields fruit too.

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Rockin’ till the sun comes up

It is with this sense of community in mind that the band continues to prepare more events for the coming months. Don’t miss the band at Barrel House South on May 17th with The Waits of Memphis, and stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.

Savannah Remembers How To Rock

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As we approach January 7th, the boys of Broken Glow are chomping at the bit to release “Taking It To The Hole,” a savage sampling of the band’s blistering live act. With less than a week to go, everyone involved is getting excited – Cousin Sleaze begins their trek from the northern New York winters, bringing fresh recordings and brutal new tunes to disciples of disastrous decibels everywhere; Mysterium sees the incomparable Sara Clash teaming with hubby Garrett to create free space rock, a sonic time machine set to the dawn of creation; Simon of Planetary Projections, having returned from an epic two-week tour with Omingnome, is bringing his A-game and his oils as he prepares to set the visual tone of the show through his psychadelic projection art. And of course, let’s not forget Jeff and Amy, the backbones of The Wormhole, Savannah’s undisputed best live dive. With the help of Drive Vibes we’ll be streaming the entire show LIVE across the world, so even if you’re not in the 912-area code you can catch the madness!

The press is paying attention, too. As Rock 106.1 spins “Sabrina” on Sunday nights thanks to Ryan of Underexposed, other press outlets are picking up on the magic going on south of Forsythe. For evidence, check out this article about The Wormhole on the Coastal Homestead website, and see this brand new DoSavannah interview with the boys themselves, Broken Glow. You really have no reason not to come to this extraordinary event – it all goes down Tuesday 1/7/14 at The Wormhole, and it’s FREE! We’ll be asking for a voluntary donation for Cousin Sleaze as their tour rolls on post-Savannah, and will have CD’s, art prints and other merch for sale. COME ROCK!

Brand New Release – “Taking It To The Hole,” New Live Album, To Be Released 1/7/14!

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve gathered that Broken Glow has been a busy band these past few months. Two Art March After Parties, radio airplay on Savannah’s Rock 106.1, open mics, a Do Savannah writeup, studio recording and lots of random riffage… And if you thought the boys were about to let up you’ve got another thing coming!

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Broken Glow is announcing the release of “Taking It To The Hole,” a brand new live album recorded at The Wormhole in Savannah, GA. This is the rawest sampling the band has released yet, and it shows them in all their stripped down glory. Containing classic favorites as well as a few new tunes, this release is sure to rock you until the sun comes up!

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And what better way to ring in this new phase of the band’s career than to throw a major rager to bring in 2014? To help the boys celebrate their release, Brooklyn’s hardest thrashing sons Cousin Sleaze will be stopping through Savannah to rock alongside Broken Glow and Mysterium, the new space rock duo featuring Sara Clash (formerly of Chicks Throwing Bricks) for “Taking It To The Hole,” a night of heavy music like none other. It goes down Tuesday January 7th at The Wormhole, and this is really one not to miss. Once again aided by the visual arts wizardry of Planetary Projections, the boys’ new CD will be for sale as we remember what it’s like to rock again! The event is 21+ and free at the door, with a voluntary donation going to help Cousin Sleaze get through their tour. Tune in, turn up and COME OUT to see some truly original live music!

12.6.13 ART MARCH SAVANNAH After Party w/ HyperSapien

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Do you dig music, dancing, debauchery and disastrous decibels? If so, you won’t want to miss this month’s Art March Savannah After Party! We’ll be joining our bros HyperSapien once again to bring some insanity to The Wormhole next Friday 12/6/13. Prepare for live art, sexy dancers and sonic orgasms… And for those of you who don’t reside in our fair city, check the whole thing streaming courtesy of South Bronx Savage and Drive Vibes! Doors open at 9pm, it’s free to get in so what have you got to lose?

Live at The Wormhole

Live at The Wormhole

Live at The Wormhole

The last two weeks have been madness at The Wormhole, Savannah’s best live dive. Not only is this place a vibey bar with cheap drinks and a short-order menu, it’s also a killer live music venue with some serious sound. Every Monday and Wednesday the bar fills with wandering musicians of all genres for The Wormhole’s Open Mic Nights, and almost every other night of the week you can catch some kind of live performance. The lights are low, the stage is fully backlined, what more can you ask for?

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Garrett at the bar with Dr. Jeff Frankenspanken, sonic mad scientist

On Friday November 1st Broken Glow joined Mysterium and Hypersapien on the Wormhole stage to celebrate November’s Art March Savannah. A monthly event held every first Friday, the Art March brings performers, creators, artists, vendors and all people through the various cultural stops in Savannah’s thriving midtown district. After each march The Wormhole hosts the afterparty, and with the help of a write-up in DoSavannah our Haunted Time Machine was just the ticket to vibe out a post-Halloween dark and stormy night. With the help of Planetary Projections, the night was groovy psychadelic sludge funk.

Nights later, after showing up and rocking the open mics earlier in the week, the boys got a call from their good friend Xulu with an interesting proposition – play a last minute show Friday night at The Hole? He didn’t have to ask twice! The night came together as Sexy Groovy Rhythm & Mayhem as Xulu teamed up with Soul Q on the mic and Oisin the Irishman on leads, splitting a four-set night with Broken Glow.

You see, it’s not just the awesome sound system, the vintage Nintendo in the corner or the cheap beer that keeps people coming back to The Wormhole. They’ve set up an ideal tool for bands who play to spread their music beyond geographic territories: when you play The Wormhole, your entire set is streamed live and can be viewed by anyone who tunes in. Xulu first started streaming his events from the GalaxyRocker ustream channel, but he soon realized that with a little help from Jeff they could really make something happen. Their set up is such that the soundboard mix is the audio for the stream, thus ensuring a high-res professional sound on all videos. None of that cheap camera buzz or overdrive, just massive sound. To see for yourself, check out this fresh Drive Vibes promo video featuring “The Great War,” streamed live from The Wormhole on Friday November 8th.

So if you didn’t know that shit is going down south of Forsythe Park, consider yourself informed. Broken Glow has been rolling with some real cool cats – Omingnome is about to embark on an epic DIY tour with Simon of Planetary Projections, Mysterium is honing their other-worldy free blues into a psychadelic monster, Xulu is making groovy sexy magic and shaking hips, and Jeff, Oisin and Amy of The Wormhole make it possible for us all to get in the pit and try to love someone. Dig it, come out to an open mic and see for yourself!