Broken  –  Turn Down (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Rock music has always been a place where sub-genres have counted for a lot, in fact, far too much. More than any other area of music this fascination with labels and pigeon-holes has been an integral part of the landscape. It is the reason that such tribalism still survives, in such quarters, why classic rockers have no truck with hair bands or alt-rockers turn their noses up at the hardcore kids on the block. And don’t get me started on the intricacies and machinations of metal! But just as has happened elsewhere in music, the rock fraternity need to put such rigid demarcations behind them, forget about genres,  just embrace creativity and celebrate the ability of bands to mix and match influences and inspirations from here, there and everywhere, musically speaking.

And Turn Down is the perfect example of why. One spin of Broken and you realise that you are listening to anything but a genre band, that this is not an outfit which plays by a specific and well-established set of rules, but a band which is happy to skip across the generic boundaries, to mix and match sounds and styles from across rocks broader sonic palette.

Its solid riffs remind you of the classic rock sound but the deep, brooding bass grooves and heavy cascades of drums speak to the more alt-rock vibe, there is a grunge intensity too and the soaring drama of a stadium sensibility. Throw in a great sense of melody, a twisting musical dynamic to keep the listener on their toes and the execution of a band who have been in the game long enough to know, not only how to get the most out of their instruments but how to weave in and out of each other to the greatest effect.

Turn Down is a band centred on Harold Galvan, a man who learnt his trade playing in bands such as Black Rain and Rusted Stone and who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Fuel and Buckcherry along the way, so it is safe to say that he knows how the game works. And the evidence of this is found not only in Broken but in the success of previous single Facing Tomorrow. Rock music was never about rules, it was always about finding your own way to express yourselves, of doing the things that best suit you. Galvan knows this only to well, just take a listen.

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