The Broken West – Now Or Heaven

There is no band more out spoken or blessed than The Broken West. Straight from Los Angeles, Cali., this mellow power pop band continues to climb the music scene with the upcoming release of their second album, Now Or Heaven, following their debut album I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On released in January of 2007. Ross Flournoy (guitar, vocals), Dan Lead (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Whelan (bass, backing vocals), Rob McCorkindale (drums, percussion), and Scott Claassen (keys, backing vocals) make up this entourage that has so many people talking.

It was only in June that The Broken West announced that they would be releasing their latest album, Now Or Heaven, on September 9th of this year. As with their first album, they have again achieved in capturing the sound that got them recognized and on the ticket for the 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Now Or Heaven contains melodic songs like “Ambuscade” and “Elm City” that radiate their feeling straight into the soul of the listener.

The song “Auctioneer” (download) will easily become a new breakup classic that we can all relate to, guy or girl. It is a story about a boy who gets his heart broken by a girl and then becomes invisible to her, all put to a light-pop beat that gets the body moving. All and all, this is one of the top feel good indie albums I have heard in a while.

Preview “Auctioneer”

Check out The Broken West’s Now Or Heaven out September 9th on Merge Records.

Tracklisting:
01. Gwen, Now and Then
02. Auctioneer (download)
03. Elm City
04. Ambuscade
05. Perfect Games
06. House of Lies
07. The Smartest Man Alive
08. Got It Bad
09. Terror for Two
10. Embassy Row

Tour Dates:
Sep 09 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *
Sep 10 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown JR *
Sep 11 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador * (w/ Langhorne Slim)
Sep 12 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Stage Door * (w/ Langhorne Slim)
Sep 13 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar (w/ The Walkmen & Sleepcar)
Sep 15 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Sep 16 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sep 17 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern (w/ French Kicks)
Sep 21 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Bobby Bare Jr)
Sep 22 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Sep 23 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Sep 24 Washington, DC @ TBA
Sep 25 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local506
Sep 26 Mt. Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern
Sep 28 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Sep 29 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Sep 30 Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
Oct 01 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Oct 04 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland

* w/ Centro-Matic

The Broken West: website | myspace
Merge Records: website

Written by: Kyle Thurin

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