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Interview with The Broken Are Crowned!

Band: The Broken Are Crowned
Genre: Metalcore / Progressive

Q: Where does the band name “The Broken Are Crowned” come from?

It actually took a while to think of a band name, I had MANY ideas and a giant list of all of them! The name The Broken Are Crowned stood out to me a lot because it can mean different things to different people, I like the fact that it’s open to interpretation, although at the time I probably ended up choosing it because I thought it sounded cool haha. As for where it came from, it is a part of a lyric from an As I Lay Dying song called Upside Down Kingdom. “This is a kingdom born upside down, this is a kingdom where the broken are crowned.”


Q: When did the idea occur to start making heavier styled music?

When we first started (back as a three piece with a different lineup), metal was kind of what we all liked more than anything, and we were only in middle school at the time so it was kind of assumed that when we started, we were going to play metal. We switched line ups a couple of times and I started exploring all kinds of different music, which impacted our sound for sure. 

I’d say that anything that I’ve ever listened to and enjoyed makes an impact on the way I write to some extent. I like to let my songs flow on their own, when I sit down to create a song I don’t say “this is going to be a song in the style of ____ (band),” I try to keep an open mind and let my creativity flow naturally. So going back to the original question, I guess the music I write is all based off of what flows, and I guess that ends up being pretty heavy!


Q: You’re currently signed to Gone For Good Records. How has the experience been being signed to them?

Well actually Gone For Good Records is our own label, mine specifically. I use the name to release my own music and eventually hope to start signing more bands! The thing I like about being independent is that it gives us so many options and complete control over everything that we do, but I would love to eventually get on board with a bigger label if the right opportunity comes around.


Q: Your album, To Those Who Stand Alone, recently released. How has the feedback been?

From what I’ve gotten, I love the feedback we’ve been getting so far. I love hearing what people have to say about our music, we’ve been getting so many kind Facebook messages, tweets, etc about the album and it’s really great to hear. It’s kind of funny, because looking back, some of the songs could have gone a lot better because of specific things that we probably should have done differently, but when I point it out to my friends or people like that, they don’t even seem to notice, which is cool. I guess as a musician I am way more critical of myself than anyone else is. Which is a good thing I’d say, there is ALWAYS room to improve!


Q: What bands play a large influence in your music?

Like I said in one of the other questions, pretty much anything that I’ve listened to that I enjoy influences the music I write to some extent. For me personally, when TBAC first started writing music I loved bands like Shadows Fall, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Lamb of God, and stuff like that. I still love those bands but I discover new bands and new music that I like all of the time. A few of my personal favorite bands since that time include TesseracT, Meshuggah, Dead Letter Circus, Cynic, Born of Osiris, Woods of Ypres, Necrophagist, Periphery, After the Burial, Textures, Cattle Decapitation, Spawn of Possession, Protest the Hero, Agalloch, The HAARP Machine, Skyharbor, Tool, Whitechapel, and many others! 

So as you can see I love metal and prog haha, but I enjoy pretty much any type of music as long as it’s well made an unique. Speaking for the rest of the band, I know Mitchell is heavily influenced by bands like Motley Crue, Pantera, Iron Maiden, As I Lay Dying, Of Mice and Men, and Meshuggah, Braeden is influenced by bands like Periphery, After the Burial, Volumes, Deftones, Clutch, and Animals as Leaders, and Zach is influenced by bands like Suicide Silence, The Devil Wears Prada, Puddle of Mudd, Tool, Chelsea Grin, and Alice in Chains.


Q: What are your plans for this year?

Well I can say for sure that we will be playing as many shows in as many cities as we can get to as possible this summer. As for recorded material, I can’t say all that much, but I can say that we do have plans to get new studio recorded material released by the end of 2013.


Q: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers?

I’d like to give a friendly shout out to anyone who has taken the time to listen to any of our music! If you like it, it would mean a lot to us if you supported us by spreading the word, and if you like it enough, it’d be awesome if you picked up a copy of the album at one of our shows! It is also available to download on many digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon MP3, etc). We love all of you! Feel free to talk to us on Facebook or Twitter, we love talking to the people who make this band possible!
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