Broken Links take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there in the alternative world. Here its the turn of Broken Links to let us know all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music?

NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit

Best rider you’ve ever had?

 When we supported The Chameleons at Forum, Bielefeld (Germany). A fridge full of beers, a massive table buffet with the choice of two hot main courses, rooms at a bang tidy B&B, and a few euros to pay for the van hire!

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

 Going back to the hostel room after a gig in Berlin at 5am to find they’ve switched our room without telling us! Opening the door wakes up some couple who are now in the room & the bloke jumps out of bed and chases us out of the room wearing nothing but a thong & a black diamond-encrusted eye-mask shouting c**ts at us over & over again……What man wears a diamond-encrusted eye-mask?

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Answer a question; you’re here to kill our young?

Answer the question; it’s here for our first born

Easiest song you wrote?

Within Isolation

Favourite song in your set?

Cold War – from the new album.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Jon Hopkins

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Building a fanbase outside your local town

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Lewy’s a car mechanic, he MOT’ed Mark’s car once, and it was the first and only MOT he’s ever had to put a ‘DANGEROUS’ fault on!

Jokes you have in the band?

Too many, half we can’t mention…..Mark gets ripped for nailing the art of bodge-job car maintenance though! Tight fucker.

Key to writing a song?

Create a kick-ass rhythm and don’t give a fuck.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Caligari, Sardinia

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

New band you’d recommend?

Viagra Boys

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Depeche Mode, so we can nick all their fans

Place you’d most like to tour?

America and Canada would be cool. We’d want at least 4 days in-between each show, so that we can go out and get absolutely hammered at the best night-spots the city has to offer after each gig! The highlight would be New York wouldn’t it!

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

It comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

There are clear themes of ‘conflict’ going through the album. It’s an angry sod of an album. When this album was being written there was a hell of a lot going on regarding Brexit, terrorism, and total idiots being in control of the big red button, so that whole period of time has been captured in this album. ‘States’ is really just declaring that there’s conflict everywhere.

See us live at?

09/10/2021 – The Hobbit, Southampton

More date TBA. COVID is a bitch, its hard getting a gig at the moment!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Yeah, there was more value to music back in the day. It took effort to go to a shop, try out a CD on a listening post, browse the artwork, purchase, then take it home to listen to it religiously. It felt human and had feeling. Obtaining music is a bit too convenient nowadays, and music has become throwaway, mainly all down to technology. Anyone can make music now on their computer, and money-grabbing chumps can create services that provide music for the price of a couple of mars bars and give the artists back half a gram of flour. Having said this, EVERYONE now has the potential to make music and make it obtainable to everyone in the world with extreme ease, which is a powerful thing, whether this is good or not is another thing.

Unusual merchandise?

We had five t-shirts made with a cows-head on the front. Phil designs the tees, one of his weirder designs!

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?

I wouldn’t mind doing some dance remixes of some of our songs, but there just isn’t enough hours in the day at the moment!

What do your fans mean to you?

We know the real ones by first and last name, so they’re friends, not fans! Hopefully we can come to them and gig in their hometowns this time round rather than them having to come down our neck of the woods to see us play!

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Ice packs for the arthritis in Lewy’s fingers.…old man!

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

 Phil’s. He woke up late in the morning which had a knock-on effect on everything else in the day!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Gorilla – We’re old, wise, hairy, grumpy, almost extinct…..and the main attraction! (Ha, we wish).

Elizabeth Birt

March 22, 2021

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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