SUNRAY MAGAZINE has the pleasure to interview the wonderful rock band from New York “The Broken View”
SUNRAY: How Did You Meet?
TBV: Austin and Tyler met during a show with their old bands from high school and after working together on a song that Austin wrote back in 2016, the chemistry was unlike anything at the time for them. Tyler called up Austin a few months later about starting a new band together called The Broken View. After the first writing session, All I Feel Is You was written and about a year later, the “Something Better – EP” was officially released. When it came time to play shows, we already knew a few musicians to fill those spots but after only three performances, the pandemic happened. We knew we had to keep busy and stay positive at all costs, so at some point, the idea of putting together a cover of Breaking The Habit was tossed around. We wanted to create something really special and unique to our sound but make sure we were doing the song justice, in honoring Chester Bennington. Linkin Park has always been among our favorite bands and we couldn’t be more grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reception we were given from all fans alike. Shortly after the cover was released, we were into the post production stage of our full length album, “On the Mend”. Which was around the same time that John joined on to play Lead Guitar and most recently, bringing on Joe Martino for Rhythm Guitar. Since the album release, we continue to gain support from our ever growing and dedicated fanbase.
SUNRAY: Why “The Broken View”?
TBV: When Tyler contacted Austin about collaborating, he sent over a mock-up logo which was used for the Something Better – EP. There was some discussion about the name and after going through the meaning of “Break Views” in graphic design, it seemed to be a fitting choice. Break Views essentially let you view the object from the inside to get a better understanding of how it all works. We applied that concept to the lyrical content and the messages we do our best to convey through life experiences and emotions.
SUNRAY: Who Are Your Biggest Influences?
TBV: Our influences come from a very wide variety of artists, genres and styles. From the rock side of things, bands like Blue October, The Plot In You, Goo Goo Dolls, Linkin Park, Shinedown, The Fray, Breaking Benjamin, etc.. have always been dear to our hearts. On the other hand, we all come from very musical upbringings which opened that door for us at a pretty young age. 80’s and 90’s music has always been a heavy influence on the music we create such as artists like Def Leppard, Peter Grabriel, Phil Collins, Prince, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, etc.. The list goes on and on and even spans through to pop, rap, country, and jazz. We are just music lovers who love to make music.
SUNRAY: Who Do You Sound Like?
TBV: We like to think that we have our own sound and style that is unique to us. But surely there are some things about our music that’s reminiscent of our influences.
SUNRAY: What inspired you to start playing and making music?
TBV: We’ve always been drawn to art and to performing since before we can remember but there were certainly defining moments for each of us that stand the test of time. For Austin, it was watching Purple Rain with his father for the very first time at the age of 5. Specifically, Prince performing The Beautiful Ones left quite the mark. Tyler recalls the moment he was on the verge of finding an alternative career path until he met Chris Turner of Oceans Ate Alaska and after a few drum lessons and a post-show conversation with the band, his passion was reinstilled and ever since then, music was it.
For John, it was the moment his father showed him Flying In a Blue Dream by Joe Satriani and for Joe, it was the time a classmate brought a guitar into his 6th grade music class that he knew he needed to play guitar.
SUNRAY: What’s Your Songwriting Process?
TBV: The songs are written in a few different ways but usually, they start off as demos that Austin writes and produces himself and then it’s finished up at Greyscale Recordings where Tyler will mix and master the track. There are also instances where it begins as a garage band loop, voice memo, or just some lyrics that are brought to the table, which are then composed, written and produced in a group setting.
SUNRAY: Who’s your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
TBV: There are so many amazing musicians we would love to work with. Justin Furstenfeld, Meg Myers, Matt Healy, Mike Shinoda, to name a few.
However, we do have some new songs we’ve been working on that would be really cool to hear Lennon Stella sing on. We love her work.
SUNRAY: If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
TBV: Blue October
SUNRAY: What is your favourite song to perform?
TBV: We have been practicing a lot of the new songs and at the moment, “Leave Love Out of It” might be our favorite but we love playing them all.
SUNRAY: Band team members
TBV: Austin Kranick: Vocals | Tyler Hayes: Drums | John Lombardi: Lead Guitar | Joe Martino: Rhythm Guitar
SUNRAY: What’s next for you?
TBV: We are currently figuring out a tour and how we can make that happen for our fans. New music videos are also in the works, a live/acoustic EP from our On the Mend release show, new merch, and soon we will be working on album 2.
SUNRAY: Where we can find you?
TBV: All social media @thebrokenview. follow us on there and send us a message, we love hearing from our fans! All of our merch is available for purchase at thebrokenview.com and we have a Patreon page (patreon.com/thebrokenview) with exclusive early access/behind the scenes content as well as weekly hangout livestreams with the band.
Photos by Crios www.criosphotographer.com
Interview by Maria Fernanda Capici