BornBroken epitomizes man’s eternal struggle
They just released their debut album The Healing Powers of Hate on Broken Music this summer, and lead guitarist Mike Decker says that they wanted to do it right, the first time.
“Nobody knew who we were,” said Decker. “There was no one out looking for our record, we had all the time in the world and wanted to do it right.”
Where most bands, especially shortly after inception, rush to get an EP or at least a few singles recorded and put out right away, BornBroken didn’t want to travel that avenue.
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” Decker said with conviction.
Besides the raw power that is BornBroken, the concept album is a rare gem in today’s music industry. The album comes in a DVD sized book, which comprises the 10-track disc, a vinyl decal and a 28 page artistic comic that brings to life the story of the album along with the printed lyrics.
“Being that it was a concept album, it felt right, the comic book played into the story, and we wanted something more than just a booklet.”
The concept behind the album is one of a man and the turmoil he faces daily, battling the real world versus the voices in his head.
“He’s basically dealing with the age old struggle of right and wrong, good versus evil, and what path he should take.”
They brought the ideologies of the oldest battle man has faced, but intertwined it with modern issue of the first world, such as economic turmoil and lost hope in life’s little details such as jobs or relationships.
“When he wakes up from the dream he’s in, does he do what’s right, or does he simply die.”
They decided upon a concept album due to an affinity for story lines in music from the group, and how they fell it bring the listener in deeper, and helps them to not only understand the music, but to be able to get involved in it, to not only sing along, but really be a part of the story as you imagine it through their vivid imagery.
All successes the band has seen thus far aside, the one challenge that they have faced consistently since their formation in 2008 is a variety of come and go singers.
“We transition singers almost as much as people do underwear.”
The singer on the album, Jesus Salazar, had to leave the band unexpectedly after the album was finished, and although he was grateful for the opportunity and BornBroken was happy to have him, life separated them into different paths, so now enter Matt Bailie on vocals, and he’s fitting in quite well.
“It was really hard to find someone that had the vocal expression we were looking for, a lot of people are doing the new school screaming. We wanted to stay true to thrash with aggressive vocals.”
Matt was in a band called The Catalyst and after he split with them, he fell into the laps of BornBroken and steady goes the stream.
“He’s a little bit deeper and darker of a singer than Jesus, but that’s what we’re looking for going forward to the next album.”
Story by Devin Size