Broken Anchor

Broken Anchor

 Los Angeles, California, USA
DuoAlternativeRock

After building a reputation as a solo performer and scoring placements on hit TV shows like “Private Practice", "Friday Night Lights," “Burn Notice”, “Hart of Dixie,” and “The Jersey Shore”, L.A. based singer-songwriter Austin Hartley-Leonard is charting new creative territories with critically-acclaimed Broken Anchor.

Biography

After building a reputation as a solo performer and scoring placements on hit TV shows like "Private Practice", "Friday Night Lights", "Burn Notice", "Hart of Dixie", and "The Jersey Shore", L.A. based singer-songwriter Austin Hartley-Leonard is charting new creative territories with Broken Anchor. Teaming up with producer Brad Gordon, Hartley-Leonard "offers up a stunning ride through a songwriter's exploration of life and love, created with a clarity of vision only the journey can provide  on Broken Anchors first full length LP, Fresh Lemonade." (KCRW)

Featuring songs fleshed out in live performances and a series of 3 critically-acclaimed EPs (Broken Anchor Volumes 1-3), Fresh Lemonade coalesces Hartley-Leonards eclectic musical and life experiences into a sound Los Angeles Magazine calls Budweiser tallboy music, best heard coming from the stereo of a used Cadillac that required way too much effort to whip back into street legal shape... [as if] the members of Band of Horses had grown up somewhere along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Featuring songs fleshed out in live performances and a series of 3 critically-acclaimed EPs (Broken Anchor Volumes 1-3), Fresh Lemonade coalesces Hartley-Leonard's eclectic musical and life experiences into a sound Los Angeles Magazine calls "Budweiser tallboy music, best heard coming from the stereo of a used Cadillac that required way too much effort to whip back into street legal shape... [as if] the members of Band of Horses had grown up somewhere along the Pacific Coast Highway."

Lyrics

Leave The Light On

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

It started out in words and simple stories
I heard a voice so sweet, I couldn't ask the name It's just the same
I kept a nightstand watch through moons and harvest
Saw the hair turn grey, comin' out my head, comin' out my head

So if you give me one more chance, I'll do what I'm told And if you leave the light on, I'll take the back road.

Shorter days meant long nights in the winter
You wore it on your face, that I'd hold in my hand, just as planned
So sorry I was late, and didn't heed my warning I've just got a mind that's comin out my head

But if you give me one more chance, I'll do what I'm told And if you leave the light on, I'll take the back road.

Broken Anchor Blues

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Sarah says she won;t take me at my word anymore
I stare instead and count the cracks, my wounds feel absurd, I close the door 13, 14, 5
Awake and keepin the dream alive
With a mind full of lead
Sarah says

Golden state sundays
Golden gate bridge will fall
Just metal after all
And rolling hills shot in rolls of stills all for you My sad baby blue

Poetry in flash
Needle art is for young trash But it'll keep you dry
Sarah lies
Broken anchor blues
Buried at the bottom, I can't cut you loose Never said that I could keep your line

Broken anchor blues
Swimming on the surface I'm just yours to lose Never said that I could make you mine

Dear Diary

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

The summer months have all but gone, I'm as lost as I can be When water wrapped around my waist and rocked beneath my feet And your skin raised against the cold like you could barely breath And oh dear diary, oh dear diary

Send the white flag up the pole where only you can see
Climb the stairs into the dark, check my pulse and watch me breath Disregard your battered arms, in a minute they'll find me
And oh Dear Diary, oh Dear Diary

Something deep inside of you, burned deep inside of me Drowned it out in daylight hours, then doused in gasoline So shiver underneath my sheets, I'll whisper drunken dreams And oh dear diary, oh dear diary

Never Leave Me Alone

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Said you wouldnt be here
perched upon your old chair
watching water fall out
the last time I came home

There's a damp spot in the carpet lonely autumn carport
if it's whiskey I'm the long pour
and you'd never leave me alone

Who-o-o-ah who-a-oaoah you never leave me alone

Trapped up in a high tower
shackled in the dark hour
scared to leave my foot print you're just a cheap shot away
and i know i wrote my obit
and you would not be in it

I said fuck the world and wrote a bad check and you'd never leave me alone

Always

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

January, windy city, I held you in the cold
And you looked up at me from a frozen taxi
I said call when you get home.
oooowaaaahhooooooooo

February, warm and cozy,
held you at the bar
But he caught your eyelid,
more than I did
You never felt so far....
oooowaaaahhhooooooooo

You were always in my eyes
You were always in my eyes
You were always in my eyes
You were always in my eyes

Stencil Heart

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

And I remember you
Before you were dancing under street lights
hanging onto street signs

Sleeping on the floor in an old costume
Up in Laurel Canyon drinking like we had fins
Held on to my own truth
Swore things I'd never do

Like trash bags of broken glass slowly come apart
I'm drawing lines filling holes in the bottom of a stencil heart

Do you remember me?
Before I was wading in the shallows,
scared of my own shadow
The aftermath of a stranger in a strage dream
Out into the dessert like children of a feather

Held on to my own truth
Swore things I'd never do
Like trash bags of broken glass slowly come apart
I'm drawaing lines filling holes in the bottom of a stencil heart

Oooooooooohhhhh in the bottom of a stencil heart
Oooooooooohhhhh in the bottom of a stencil heart
Oooooooooohhhhh in the bottom of a stencil heart

Head is a Hole

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Kiss me my dear while I hold you near
Sing me a song that I'll never hear
My head is a hole
A hole in the ground
My head is a hole in the ground

Offer to stay as long as you can
Jewelry collects behind the nightsatnd
My head is a hole
A hole in the ground
My head is a hole in the ground

Don't mind the air, breath in my mouth
In your pretty room, in your pretty house
My head is a hole
A hole in the ground
My head is a hole in the ground

Canada

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Go...uh uh oh...said you saw the turn a-comin'
Slow....uh uh oh pass you by
Sit on your hands, said you saw the plans a-changin
And the land we burned was black for years to come

And the last that you looked was all that I took away
And the way that you were the price incurred was mine to pay
And if only you knew the past was untrue The glass it just made mistakes
You'd fly away to Canada, to Canada

Go uh oh oh, season's come and gone and over
Stir in your cage to pass the days
And I so unliked thought I heard the bells a ringin ringin
Ringin told you, ringin in my ears

Matador

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

The man in the shiny clothes, isn't he stunnin oooooh
He dances he bites the rose, dont you go a-runnin ohhhhh
Matador, gone too soon

Whoa

Cheerin from high above, screamin for crimson blood
The blade in between your ribs, you laugh with a tiny shrug
Matador gone too soon

You sing the truth to me
Infinite naked soul
Chasin the matador
Blankets of gold

Whooooooaaaaa

My Marie

Written By: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Scuffin my shoes heard the new news
That your heart had gone and left for good
Thought that you would

Breakin my shins in Carol Gardens
With my eyes, beads beneath the brim
Thought that you would

Whoaaaa My Marie....My Marie

Who did you send when you made amends
With my heart cracked and left for dead...in the garden
It was too little too late I was already i bed with a new friend

Whooooaa my Marie... My Marie

Discography

Broken Anchor:
"Vol I" April 2012
"Vol II" August 2012
"Vol III" November 2012
"Fresh Lemonade" September 2013

Austin Hartley-Leonard:
"Franklin Ave" 2008
"Everywhere I've Never Been" 2010