Picture Me Broken
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Picture Me Broken

Redwood City, California, United States | MAJOR

Redwood City, California, United States | MAJOR
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"Album Review of Picture Me Broken "Wide Awake""

Picture Me Broken released their first full length album “Wide Awake” today, July 6, 2010. This hardrock/screamo band is a relatively new band, and also a very young band (the album cover doesn’t help, since they all look incredibly young). Despite their ages, they have already appeared on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour and the Warped Tour, and their song “Dearest (I’m So Sorry)” can be found on Rockband. Their album “Wide Awake” is also far better than a lot of the albums other established bands have put out lately.

The music itself is pretty aggressive, and there is a fair amount of screaming on most of the tracks, but not too much screaming that it is unbearable. Most of the songs are hard, with some softer exceptions like “Forevermore “and” If I Never Wake Again,” which are incredibly refreshing to hear amidst all the harder songs. Songs like “Darwin’s Song,” "Nerds and Cigarettes," and “Live is Evil Spelled Backwards”, would appeal more to metal fans.

Singer Layla “Brooklyn” Allman is a fantastic singer, whose range goes anywhere from beautiful and powerful singing ("Forevermore", "If I never Wake Again") to screaming (that can be seen on pretty much the entire album), something many singers can’t accomplish, and is definitely more rare in female singers. I imagine her voice will only get better as time goes on. There is a lot of good guitar work on the album that is a great backdrop for the singing, specifically noticeable in "Darwin’s Song" and "Live is Evil Spelled Backwards." The album isn't the best thing I have ever heard, but it is enjoyable and shows that the band has tons of promise, and I can't wait to see what they do next.

The album is up on their Myspace page, and is also available on Itunes, and I even found it on Rhapsody today. They don’t have any local tour dates, but hopefully will add some soon, and if anyone is in California they have a few dates posted there in the next few months (check their website for dates).

Recommended tracks from the album: “Dearest (I'm So Sorry),” “Forevermore,” “Nerds and Cigarettes” - Newark Rock Music Examiner

"Picture Me Broken - "Wide Awake" Review"

A new metalcore band has burst onto the scene out of Redwood City, California with their debut album. Find out how it ranks inside.

While the force that they are a part of is nothing new, Picture Me Broken is a relatively new band
that blends the sounds of a few currently relevant acts in all that which is loud. The music is hard and aggressive, in the vein of bands like Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine. However, with a female lead vocalist, it would almost seem as if they're trying to be more like Flyleaf or In This Moment. Whatever the comparison, their debut album, Wide Awake, is out now and looking to take the country by storm. - 411 Mania.com

"Picture Me Broken - "Wide Awake""

If I’m being honest, I’m not the biggest fan of hardcore music. In fact I tend to avoid listening to it. But one of the exceptions I’ve found so far is Picture Me Broken. This band has huge potential and an ever growing fan base. Made up of Brooklyn (vocals/synth/high screams), Nick Loiacono (guitar) Austin Dunn (bass/medium screams), Connor Lung (drums/low screams) Will Escher (rhythm guitar/backing vocals). Their talent is shown through nearly all members of this up-and-coming band taking on multiple roles whether with an instrument or with their voices. Released July 6, 2010, Wide Awake is their first full length CD that I recommend all to take a listen to.

‘Dearest (I’m So Sorry)’ is one of the songs that certainly sticks out to me, with the strong riffs, the talent of these musicians is very clear. Their lyrics are always catchy and leave you singing along. ‘Darwin’s Song’ continues to emphasis the flexibility this band has with the range of versatile songs they’re able to play. I have to admit I’ve listened to this song over and over again, I can’t help myself! Brooklyn’s powerful vocals, despite shining throughout this album, are particularly framed in ‘Skin and Bones’ which really does highlight the natural ability this front woman possesses. However, she is not only the one with vocal abilities, you can always hear the presences of all members whether it’s the high, medium or low screams.

Another one of their standout tracks off Wide Awake is ‘Echoes of an Empire’ in which their screamo skills are shown at their best, with many members chipping in for this massive sound that’s created. Their partnership really does come together in this song, which indicates the great chemistry they have between each other. ’Vital Signs’ is one those songs that you’ll find yourself putting onto every playlist you make. This track shows the listener how passionate this five piece is about their music.

Generally, this album is something I would advise anyone to take a listen to, it’s certainly changed my views on the post-hardcore genre. I can see this band doing big things in the future, and
with a long list of name bands such as The Blackout and Atreyu under their belt this band that they’ve appeared in shows with, it’s only time until they hit the jackpot with headlining tours. With the energy these musicians hold, this release is going to no-doubt be a success. Available to listen to on their MySpace and PureVolume, and also for purchase on Amazon and iTunes, go get yourself listening before you miss out!

Rating: 8/10
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Record Label: Megaforce records
Recommended Tracks: ‘Dearest (I’m So Sorry)’, ‘Darwin’s Song’, ‘Vital Signs’
For Fans Of: Evanescence, Blessthefall, Atreyu - The sound Alarm

"Quote from Gregg Allman"

"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. - AP newswire


EP "Dearest I'm So Sorry" Self Released I tunes

CD "Wide Awake" -Megaforce/Sony Red Distribution



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: pmb@justgreatmanagement.com

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 playin