Winners of the 2009 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Breakout Bay Area Artist” the evocative, intense music of Northern California-based Picture Me Broken consistently garners new fans and accolades everywhere they play. With the advent of the “new” model of the music industry, PMB are trailblazing a revolutionary model for young, emerging bands that is as unique as their “melodic, screamo” musical style. Seizing every available opportunity both live and online to expose new fans to their amazing music, PMB proves that real, powerful and handmade music is still what makes young fans respond.
This five piece band of 17-year olds (yes… 17-year-olds) have already played over 100 live shows including such legendary venues as San Francisco’s Fillmore, Slims and Los Angeles’ Whisky A-Go-Go, The Roxy Theater and regional opening slots for Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution in 2008, 2009 Warped Tour and Pac Sun Tour.
Produced by Aaron Hellam and Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold) PMB is regularly a featured on the music and social networking site Pure Volume (www.purevolume.com) which has been credited with helping the careers of platinum bands like My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco. PMB’s explosive title track from their debut EP, “Dearest (I’m So Sorry)” was a #1 Download and Top Song on the site for 9 days straight! Recently, two additional tracks were added and immediately, the band shot back up to #1!!
"Dearest (I'm So Sorry)" was added to Rock Band II network as a featured download in March and out numbered No Doubts
"Tragic Kingdom" downloads 5 to 1.
After appearing at SXSW in March of 2010 the band inked a distribution deal with the legendary metal label Megaforce Records/Sony Red. Their debut album "Wide Awake" was released on July 6th 2010.
Picture Me Broken’s lead singer Layla Brooklyn Allman; lead guitarist Nick Loiacono; bassist Austin Dunn, rhythm guitarist Will Escher and drummer Connor Lung, may be High School Seniors, but they blast through all expectations and rock (and write killer songs) like veterans twice their age. Indeed, fans of all ages are stunned when they realize how young these intensely talented and dedicated musicians really are.
Proving that musical talent and brash attitude is hereditary -- Layla’s dad is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman from the legendary Allman Brothers Band. A cool point of reference, sure, but it’s a good bet that the kids digging on PMB’s unique, visionary mix of screamo elements (inspired by some of the members’ post hardcore/screamo influences like blessthefall and Escape The Fate) and infectious melodies probably never heard of Layla’s famous father.
But there’s no looking to famous fathers to break PMB. The band relies on pure emotion, songwriting and their very deep connection with young fans who realistically are their peers age-wise. “Because most screamo bands just scream and don’t write real songs that people can sing along to and connect with emotionally,” says Layla. “Our writing style is progressing so quickly. We’re evolving with extreme speed, constantly trying to figure out who we are. Lyrically, the Dearest (I’m So Sorry) EP is very symbolic of situations in my life, featuring characters with stories that parallel my adventures.”
From a group of 12-year-olds playing classic rock covers to a non-compromising, tightly knit five piece with incredible original music and a proven live performance track record and ever-growing fan base - -not only will Picture Me Broken rewrite the roadmap for “breaking a baby band” but they will be influencing the the next generation of young musicians with their songs.
The CD & Debut EP are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Bandcamp, PureVolume www.myspace.com/picturemebroken
Also regional Hot Topic, Best Buy and Indie stores.
Management Contact: Shelby Blackburn or Dan Nash: firstname.lastname@example.org
Layla Allman- Layla is classically trained on piano and enjoys a variety of music. Her favorite bands include AFI, My Chemical Romance. BlessTheFall & Muse. In spite of her rock n roll pedigree, Layla does not pull many influences from bands of past generations but Ann Wilson of Heart is a huge inspiration. Layla prefers to pave her own way and make music that is young and fresh and not recreate versions of music that has already been done in the 70's. "My dad's influence only reaches as far as my desire to be a rock singer" says Layla. Layla also won athlete of the year at her high school for her awesome swimming and water polo skills.
Nick Loiacono- Nick has always been a Zeppelin fan and his inspiration for picking up a guitar was Jimmy Page. He now draws influence from Slash of Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver, as well as Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. More recently, he has become enamored with Screamo and Hardcore bands such as The Devil Wears Prada and Greeley Estates, greatly affecting and influencing his writing and playing style. Can we just say- Nick looks the part as well; tall, blonde, skinny as a rail with hair that sweeps across his face, Nick looks like a rock star.
Will Escher- Will comes from a family of professional classical musicians and plays drums as well as guitar. His musical influences include The Devil Wears Prada, Jamie's Elsewhere, A Day to Remember, I See Stars, Our Last Night, and Sky Eats Airplane. Will's favorite part of being in Picture Me Broken is the kids that come out to live shows and the energy that they bring.
Austin Dunn- Austin draws his influence from bands such as Blessthefall, Avenged Sevenfold, Paramore, Tool, and Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down. He loves the sound of a deep, yet edgy, and definitely loud bass, filling the roles of bassist and rhythm guitarist all at once.
Connor Lung: At age 15 Connor was endorsed by Shine Drums. He has been playing drums since he was 8 years old. He draws his influence from all genres of music. His performance is high energy and extremely animated!
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Layla Brooklyn Allman: Lead Vocals/ Synth/Screams
Nick Loiacono: Lead Guitar
Will Escher: Rhythm Guitar
Austin Dunn: Bass Guitar/ Screams
Connor Lung: Drums/ Back-up Vocals/Screams
EP "Dearest I'm So Sorry" Self Released I tunes
CD "Wide Awake" -Megaforce/Sony Red Distribution
Quote from Gregg Allman
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"I remember being 15, and what my first band sounded like, I wish we were as tight as LANE FOUR" s..."I remember being 15, and what my first
band sounded like, I wish we were as tight as LANE FOUR" stated Gregg
That was before we changed our name to Picture Me Broken.
Nerds & Cigarettes
Devil On My Shoulder
Color Me Caustic
One Foot Out The Door
Live is Evil Spelled Backwards
Guys Lke You -BTF
Breaking The Fall
Echos of An Empire
If I Never Wake Again
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