Toronto based Broken Bricks is an exceptionally unique brand of young talent with a sound that freely borrows from the great rock n' roll tradition, injecting a strong sense of melody and a restless, excited energy. Beyond their eclectic sound, it is their polished and animated live show that continues to create a buzz and gain the band a following.
Broken Bricks consists of Marlon Chaplin and Luke Kuplowsky, both songwriters and multi-instrumentalist fleshed out by Joey Clement on bass and backing vocals and Matt Duncan on drums and percussive duties. What brought these two together can best be described as serendipitous; an impromptu jam session after an unexpected meeting in their highschool hallway–Chaplin with guitar in hand, Kuplowsky wielding his harmonica and as the story goes, ìno one spoke, they only playedî. From that day forward they began writing and playing as Broken Bricks.
Both write lyrically complex tales with authenticity and put those tales to a dynamic, unique Rock N' Roll sound. Drawing from the the firebrand lyricism of Elvis Costello, the melancholic winsome of Damon Albarn, the wistful melodies of the Kinks and the ebullient energy of The Who; Broken Bricks has mastered the art of combining catchy hooks with exceptional storytelling.
2009 saw them release a fourteen song LP entitled Pasquale. The demo was recorded almost entirely in a basement kitchen by Chaplin and Kuplowsky. Though the LP was initially intended as a demo for friends and family, it took on a life of its own, garnering favourable reviews with Toronto press and campus airplay across Canada, including charting on CUIT (U of T) and CFMH 107.3 (St. Johnís) and going #1 on Queens University radio. It also led them to play countless shows in and around Toronto, including a set at CMW, and a feature on CUIT's Take5.
Broken Bricks released their first official EP Little Fugitives February 8th 2011 with a sold out show at Lee's Palace. The EP features six songs and was recorded with John Critchley (The Hidden Cameras, Dan Mangan, Elliot Brood) at Green Door Studios in Toronto. The EP has garnered beloved attention from media outlets and blogs around Canada and well as generating buzz in NOW Magazine (including naming Broken Bricks 2011 NXNE showcase as one of the top 25 shows to see) and on Spinner.ca.
A little while later, whilst rummaging through the old boxes where the three fathers of these boys had kept their deepest, darkest thoughts, they came across a key with a strange marking on the front, an emblem. They walked toward the attic door behind them, and clutching key in hand opened the door to the other side where the fourth boy was sitting, four strings in hand - waiting for a band.
Now Broken Bricks keep on chooglin' down the line, breaking each stone dividing this from that - with the vision of a lonesome dirty rat just tryin' to catch the cat. Anyone who'll drop a coin into the hat is welcome on board to fight the good fight and to keep this melding wave of symphonic delights and sinful sounds alive and well - to keep rock 'n' roll the devils music. In all of it's many shapes and swells.
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