Quick Questions With Broken Lines

Quick Questions With Broken Lines

Broken–Lines was formed in 2014. They are a 3 piece band playing unique and original music from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Their emphasis is to create upbeat and energetic music with punk, rock, psychedelic and just about anything else that influences them.

They play for the love and enjoyment of music and aim to portray that in their songs and performances. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow and serene, but always refreshing and uniquely their own. Strong beats and growling bass punctuated with searing guitar and a vocal performance to match! Delivering an experience that is intense, exciting and emotionally charged.

Broken Lines Interview

Broken Lines Interview

Broken Lines Interview

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Dave: Initially, listening to Pink Floyd and marvelling at David Gilmour’s sound palette, As a beginner, I just couldn’t believe the sounds and sustain he could create. Once I started playing, I was quickly won over by Jimi Hendrix’s pure creativity and passion. His ability to play and express his feelings through his guitar and his ‘playing what you feel in the moment’ is as important as playing the ‘right thing’, really propelled me to being an expressive rather than repetitive guitarist. As my ability and tastes have expanded, I’ve been very inspired by Tom Morello, another creative and expressive guitarist, not bound by convention or the fear of exploring and experimenting.

Mark: J. J Burnel from the Stranglers. Right from the get go it was clear that this was a really exciting style and attitude towards playing the bass guitar. Really, up until that point, bassists were still quite traditional. There were a few notable exceptions, like Chris Squier and Geddy Lee, but these were more like the bass was at the back and occasionally came forward for a solo etc.
JJ put the bass right there, smack in the centre of things, on an equal level with all the other instruments. I loved it and immediately started copying him, which taught me a huge amount about music and how it all works.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Dave: Guitar!

Mark: There is no single one piece sadly. If pushed I would have to say my 2001 American Standard Precision. I’ve had it since it was made and it really is a sturdy workhorse!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Liberation by Broken Lines (or it will be soon!). We’re just about to release our debut album. We’ve been working on it for 8 months and are really proud of it. Due for release around xmas time.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Dave: Tom Morello – I love his attitude, his energy, his openness to ideas and experimentation and he generally seems like a nice guy that would be fun to hang out with.

Mark: Probably Les Claypool of Primus. He’s a legend and plays with an unusual style that I’d really like to master.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Don’t take any shit off anyone and practice, practice, practice! And then, when you’ve done that, practice again!!!