The Broken Ravens release new single.
The latest track by The Broken Ravens ‘Black Knuckle Ride’ is released this Friday and should go some way to solidify their reputation (in the eyes and ears of this writer at least) as one of the most exciting prospects in rock at the moment.
they’ve persistently shoved their own brand of noisy carnage in your face until you succumb to their hairy charms
Being based in The Western Isles doesn’t come without its own logistical challenges but the age of the internet is providing new outlets for bands like The Broken Ravens to forge their own path and make themselves known to a wider audience. Of course no-one is going to play a blind bit of attention if you churn out turgid nonsense and can’t deliver the goods in a live setting (Sandy Thom being the exception that proves the rule). Fortunately The Broken Ravens show no signs of putting flowers in their hair and lamenting fictional times gone past. Instead they’ve persistently shoved their own brand of noisy carnage in your face until you succumb to their hairy charms. The band is a force to be reckoned with and the recent line-up changes seems to have given them further impetus rather than hold them back.
I popped ‘Black Knuckle Ride’ on shortly after listening to ‘Eulogy of the Damned’ by Orange Goblin and was struck by how The Broken Ravens happily sit side by side with them and American bands like Queens of The Stone Age and even Monster Magnet. The quality of the recording is easily on par with these major label acts and the song-writing gives them all a run for their money. Toby Michaels has clearly settled into his role with the band whilst he and the rest of the Ravens sound like they’ve been playing together now for years. The B-side ‘Feed The Madness’ is of an equally high quality and again showcases the talents and direction that The Broken Ravens are taking in making uncompromising rock music.
The quality of the recording is easily on par with these major label act
It’s refreshing to hear each instrument from drums, guitars to bass all having an equal footing and giving each band member a chance to showcase their talents. The accompanying video, directed by Kenny Stewart from Moja TV, is a tightly wound and claustrophobic affair with Toby Michaels transferring his showmanship from stage to screen with comparative ease. The grinning, intense maniacal figure in the video isn’t too far from his live persona and certainly makes a nice change from videos by bands laying it on thick with shoe-gazing and affected disinterest.
The Broken Ravens say that they hope these two songs give everyone a pretty good idea of what the band is about. In this I’d say it’s mission accomplished and bodes well for their debut album when it comes out.