The Broken West + Blind Pilot
The Broken West + Blind Pilot with special guest Crane Your Swan Neck Sponsored by Scion.
The Broken West is an American power pop band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 2004,and now signed to Merge Records. The members are Ross Flournoy (guitar, vocals), Dan Iead (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Whelan (bass, backing vocals), Rob McCorkindale (drums, percussion), and Scott Claassen (keys, backing vocals). Recently, drummer Rob McCorkindale was replaced by Sean McDonald on drums. McCorkindale's first child was recently born, leading to his departure. Also, Jeff Howell(Dan Iead's high school friend from Connecticut) has joined the Broken West as their touring keyboardist, playing synth, organ and piano.
Initially named The Brokedown, they changed their name in 2006 because of legal concerns with a Chicago band with a similar name. Their debut full-length release is I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, referencing a Samuel Beckett quote.
Their single "Down in the Valley" was featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy.
They have played the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and toured the U.S. and Canada with Fountains of Wayne and with The National.
None of the band members are originally from Los Angeles. Frontman Ross Flournoy was born in Memphis, Tennessee and moved with his family to Santa Barbara, California when he was 11 years old. His musical pleasures growing up included Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and The Beatles.Dan Iead and Jeff Howell grew up in Branford, CT. Brian Whelan split time between Seatle and Northern California.
On June 12, 2008, the band announced plans to release their sophomore album "Now or Heaven" on September 9, 2008 through Merge Records.
Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski are Blind Pilot. Friends since college, Israel and Ryan have traveled many a mile to get where they are todayliterally. Last year Israel and Ryan embarked on a West Coast bike tour. This wasnt a tour where they road bikes, and had a van hauling the equipment. They hauled everything on their bikes. No gas. 100% leg powered. Playing little towns that dont often get shows by touring bands they were able to share their brand of music with people who werent particularly familiar with indie-pop, or indi anything. But they found that heart-felt lyrics an beautiful music appeal to just about everyone. In fact, they completely sold out of their EPs. They returned to Portland anxious to complete their first full-length album. The long road to this album has paid off in spades.
As Willamette Week (the very first publication to receive a copy of the album) immediately proclaimed: Every once in a while a band comes along that knocks me so flat on my ass that I wish I was in the PR business or an A&R guy instead of a critic, so I could throw myself wholeheartedly behind it. Blind Pilot [gave] me that sensation. Frontman, Israel Nebeker sounds like a less theatric version of James Mercer: every bit as sincere and captivating, with vocal control and style to spare. And this band has songs coming out of its ears: deep, clever guitar-driven tunes fleshed out with soaring horn arrangements. Listening to and thinking about these songs has kept me awake at night lately. It would be hard to imagine a better review, but 3 rounds and a sound is just that good.
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