Broken Anchor

Broken Anchor

Heyward Howkins, Stone Cold Fox, Sunset Recorder

Thu, February 21, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Broken Anchor
Broken Anchor
The story of new indie rock band Broken Anchor begins in a home studio in Los Angeles' diverse Echo Park neighborhood, where the song "Broken Anchor Blues" was recorded in 2012. The project grew organically out of a collaboration between Austin Hartley-Leonard and producer, Brad Gordon. The music reflects a broader influence from Austin's previous efforts, lending itself to comparisons with Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes and what Brad calls "a kind of elegant lo-fi retro vibe".

New perspectives on life and love outside of music brought new inspiration and ideas to Austin's songwriting. As he and Brad entered the studio to begin recording, they took each song as it came and let the songs lead the way. "Since these tunes were new and he was looking for a new sound, I felt we really had to push them down the hill and see where they went," Brad says.

Brad's studio, located in his Echo Park home, is a small space filled with every possible instrument: guitars, piano, basses, organ, synths, and horns, all ready to record when inspiration strikes. "The goal is to be able to create in a casual environment and be able to try ideas quickly while making a song", Brad says. His Los Angeles studio is a departure from Austin's previous, more structured and time-sensitive studio experiences. Because the vibe in the studio was so laid back, Austin and Brad were free to experiment with percussion and loops, even recruiting two Diet Coke bottles for an intro. When they needed something extra, drummer John Wells (Hotel Café sound man, engineer extraordinaire), custom-drum kit specialist Quinn Orison (Daft Punk, Tracy Chapman) and bassist Jonny Flaugher stepped in.

Broken Anchor didn't set out to record an album, but three songs became six, which became eight, until there were twelve album-worthy songs on tape. From the doo-wop intro of "Leave The Light On" to the haunting, reverb-laden "Dear Diary", layered vocals on top of distant percussion lend an elegant mystery to the music. Broken Anchor is a stunning ride through a songwriter's exploration of life and love, created with a clarity of vision only the journey can provide.
Heyward Howkins
Heyward Howkins
After getting his start playing guitar in Philadelphia's The Trouble with Sweeney, Heyward recently embarked on a solo career. Heyward is currently recording a debut release with a full band and innovative production from the esteemed Chet Delcampo. Heyward crafts smart, soulful pop music--equal parts British tweed (see Nick Drake, John Cale) and backwoods American (see M. Ward, Bon Iver). less
Stone Cold Fox
Stone Cold Fox
Picture this: dreamy, folk-inspired tunes ignited by an aspiring musician's simple stroll in the city or while immersed in his own thoughts on a meaningless train ride. The concept seems almost too organic of an approach to songwriting to exist in the modern rock scene. Enter NYC's Stone Cold Fox - a group that echoes that exact raw musicianship and towers above anything you've ever heard because of it.
Sunset Recorder
Sunset Recorder
Sunset Recorder is a three piece indie rock band from Philadelphia. Bassist Ryan Idell and Drummer Rob Beamer met Guitarist Renee Rowlett at a show in June 2011 over a conversation of mutual music appreciation. Ryan Idell and Rob Beamer had been playing music together since they were 15 before they found Renee Rowlett performing solo. Over the years, Renee has toured with and opened up for popular artists such as Onelinedrawing, Algernon Cadwallader, Stephen Brodsky, and Discount.
Tuning Into The Universe, their first self-released EP, is reminiscent of one long summer of insecure love, drunken dancing and bicycle riding. Sunset Recorder's rhythm will make you want to party hard, while the melodies feel like you are holding hands with someone you like. They have been described by many fans as a "dreamy Breeders", with a broad range of influences like Turing Machine, Beach Fossils, Rainer Maria and Lifetime. Check out sunsetrecorder.com to downloadTuning Into The Universe and for details on their full length album to be released in September 2012.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107