Broken Bells

Comment on this artist

Broken Bells Biography

First Single The High Road To Premier December 21st at BrokenBells.com

James Mercer and Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse have completed work on the first album by their new and ongoing band Broken Bells. The album, also titled Broken Bells, will be released by Columbia Records on March 8th 2010.

The album features 10 melodically seductive and psychologically provocative songs co-written and performed by Mercer and Burton. Titles include The High Road, Vaporize, Your Head Is On Fire, The Ghost Inside, Sailing to Nowhere, Trap Doors, Citizen, The Mall and Misery and more.

Broken Bells features Mercer on vocals, guitars and bass while Burton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all the instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Broken Bells was recorded by Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Burton.

Each a long-time fan of the other's work, Burton and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Once in the studio, the musical floodgates opened, an intuitive ease and seemingly ego-less telepathy producing an astonishing flow of new material over the course of a year. From more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded, Broken Bells was assembled from 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.

Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, as both an artist and a producer, winning two in 2006 -- Best Alternative Music Album (St. Elsewhere) and Best Urban/Alternative Performance (Crazy) -- for his work with Cee-Lo as Gnarls Barkley. Picked by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century, Burton has previously collaborated with a range of artists including Beck, Gorillaz, The Black Keys and others.

James Mercer is best known as the founder, principle songwriter and frontman of the Shins. The Portland based group's massively successful third album, Wincing the Night Away, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart in January 2007, becoming the highest charting album to have ever been released solely on the iconic SubPop label before its nomination for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Mercer and Burton previously worked together on the track Insane Lullaby, a song appearing on the Dark Night of the Soul multi-artist collaboration with David Lynch.

Mercer and Burton will continue to work as a band in the future.

Back to top

The Latest Broken Bells News

Broken Bells To Fund Asteroid Project

27th March 2014

Musical duo Broken Bells are pouring cash into a project designed to protect Earth from asteroids.Singer James Mercer and producer...

U2 Call In Danger Mouse

21st October 2010

U2 are working with producer Danger Mouse on their next album. The Irish group are presently recording their 13th album...

Broken Bells Pay Tribute To Linkous At Glastonbury

26th June 2010

Rockers BROKEN BELLS used their set at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (25Jun10) to pay tribute to late SPARKLEHORSE star...

More Broken Bells News

Back to top

Broken Bells Reviews

Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields EP Review

8th June 2011

A collection of rarities and b-sides can usually be found in the back catalogue of...

Broken Bells - Broken Bells Album Review

26th February 2010

Review of Broken Bells debut album released through Columbia.Penfold's now not so secret agent partner...

More Broken Bells Reviews

Back to top

Broken Bells Festivals

Bonnaroo

12th June 2014

Lollapalooza

1st August 2014

Glastonbury Festival

25th June 2014

Coachella

11th April 2014

More Broken Bells Festivals

Back to top

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Comments