Broken Bells sat down on WNYC Soundcheck to perform a couple songs and talk about their upcoming record, After The Disco. At the beginning of the program, they perform the first single "Holding On For Life," and at around the 12 minute mark they play "October" from their 2010 self-titled debut album.
There's some interesting insight to their creative process of Broken Bells, which is the project of Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer. Danger Mouse, who is known as one of the great producers in music having worked with Beck, The Black Keys, Cee Lo Green, Portugal. The Man, MF Doom, Norah Jones, and many others, plays piano while Mercer plays guitar and sings.
Both songs are done as an acoustic duo on guitar and piano, which is a nice change of pace from their albums that contain masterfully crafted studio recordings with multiple layers including drums and electronic elements. Mercer's voice is spot on, singing with authority and great melodic sense. Interestingly, we find out that he's playing Soundcheck's house guitar which was given to them by Moby, another genre-defying, multi-talented musician.
After The Disco is due out on January 28th. The band is set to go on tour in North America and Europe from late February to early April.
For Broken Bells' latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.
Source: WNYC Soundcheck