Broken Records / Softer Still / Chris Hornsby | London @ The Lexington, London [31 January]

Broken Records / Softer Still / Chris Hornsby | London

19:45 - 23:00

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Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, Edinburgh’s Broken Records return in 2018 with the release of their fourth studio album entitled ‘What We Might Know’, released 30th March.

After a decade of solid US and European touring, two albums on the legendary 4AD label; ‘Until The Earth begins To Part’ (2009), ‘Let Me Come Home’ (2010) and another on the band’s own J Sharp Records imprint, ‘Weights & Pulleys’ (2014), ‘What We Might Know’ marks a departure from the band’s traditional cinematic, string-drenched sound.

The band re-united with producer Stephen Watkins (PAWS, Amanda Palmer, Teen Canteen) who recorded their self-released debut EP in 2007 and the result is a set of eleven songs deliberately stripped back to recapture the chaotic energy of that early EP, and the ecstatic live shows the band are known for.

New single 'They Won’t Ever Leave Us Alone’, a lonely call to thwarted love, sets the tone for the album, a rousing indie rock anthem, while tracks like the woozy ‘What We Might Know’, offer a softer side to the band, a paean for the future and a hope that, though the relationship might not be working now, through hard work there might still be hope to have the relationship we view as ideal in others.

Empowering, hopeful and euphoric, ‘What We Might Know’ is a self-conscious analysis of the band’s hopes and fears as they move into a different stage of life. The songs speak of obligation, joy, failed and successful relationships, parenthood, and after the relative uncertainties of the last decade, the howl of frustration at how and what you’re supposed to be in your 30’s.

In their 10-year career, Broken Records have toured with the likes of Editors and The National and have also performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world including Glastonbury, SXSW, T in the Park and a main-stage slot at Latitude. Their live shows have been described as eliciting an “ecstatic reaction" by The Skinny.

“Epic” — Uncut

“Singer Jamie Sutherland has such an open, trustworthy voice, while the music matches his honest emotional heft” — Q

“Intense and downright enjoyable listening experience” — Clash

“Carefully crafted songwriting” — The Line of Best Fit


Softer Still are an indie dream-pop band from Shepperton, Surrey consisting of wide-eyed sonic explorers Grant Williams (lead vocals/guitar), Ellie O'Shea (backing vocals/bass), Alexander Williams (guitar) and Ollie Kitson (drums).

'Visions Of You' (Released 28 th July) is the second EP to come from the blissed-out quartet, it includes the singles 'Wishing Well' and 'Forever Faces'. The 4 tracks build upon their self-titled EP which was released in November 2016, a record that attracted attention from the NME, Clash, BBC Introducing and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), as well as catching the ear of American shoegazers DIIV, who invited Softer Still to support them at London's Electric Ballroom in September.

Proving that Softer Still is an act for all indie generations they also supported ‘80s janglers The Railway Children at the 100 Club. The band tell us that 'Visions Of You' touches on themes of jelousy between friends, obsessive love as well as complacency, regret and guilt within a once passionate relationship'. Proving there are dark themes behind those blissful tunes.

'Stunning new single...Anchored by a twisting guitar riff, it’s a delightfully breezy and laid-back sunbathing anthem with an undeniably catchy melody' – NME

'Lush, beautifully composed dream pop, the Surrey newcomers are reminiscent of Beach House, Galaxie 500 or perhaps even early Wild Nothing. Chiming, emotionally gripping shoegaze with a lysergic feel.' — Clash Mag

'The four-piece glide into view in an ethereal shimmer of shoegazey guitars and light vocals' — Bitter Sweet Symphonies

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Chris Hornsby is a songwriter, singer, and player of various instruments, hailing from a small dot on the map west of Newcastle. After a few years figuring out what sort of sound fits his songs, Chris recorded his debut album 'Modern Hinterland' (Released on 22nd Sept) guerilla style- variously between a London flat, a drum hovel and a caravan on the howling North East coast in the depths of winter. 13 songs loosely tied together by threads of love, loss and the vicissitudes of real life. Chris has drawn comparisons to contemporary singer-songwriters such as Damian Jurado and Bon Iver as well as artists such as John Martyn and Van Morrison.

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