The Broken Remotes

The Broken Remotes

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The Broken Remotes play their own brand of street-smart indie rock. The influences are clear: Velvet Underground, The Clash, Pavement. Enthusiastic rock with an emphasis on lyrics.

Biography

The Broken Remotes is built around singer/songwriter Jon Leahy and based in Los Angeles. The band's debut album, Throw Me The Keys, was recorded with producer Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson) and released through Room 206 Records. The album documents the familiar "moving to the big city" experience with a unique voice, as Leahy's lyrics are by turns honest and elusive. The songs range from quiet alt-country (Lie In Wait) to up-tempo punk (My North Wall) but share common themes explored with empathy and wit. But perhaps the most talked-about track on the album is VU cover "Pale Blue Eyes" which receives the full fuzz bass treatment.

After playing a handful of dates throughout 2005 Leahy began writing material for the sophomore LP. The first two tracks, Lose the Swagger and Arms Held Aloft were issued as a single in November 2005 and immediately began to garner the band radio play, including the LA tastemaker Indie 103.1FM.

Lyrics

Arms Held Aloft

Written By: The Broken Remotes


Underneath the dark marquis
The smoke has finally cleared
And though the street is quiet
My blood beats loud inside my arteries

Is this your best design?
All that stood now lays in ruin
Well you’ve finished your scaffolding
But on me for strength it must rely

I’ve been written off
I’ve been written off before

We handed them our voices
Just in time to hear them say farewell
We just wanted to be counted
Bodies pressed together, arms held aloft

I yell for myself
And I yell it out of fear
At the last abandoned payphone
Well someone’s calling but the ringing no one hears

I’ve been written off
I’ve been written off before

We handed them our voices
Just in time to hear them say farewell
We just wanted to be counted
Bodies pressed together, arms held aloft

Well I’m ashamed by what it takes to appease myself
At least I stood in line just like everybody else
We just wanted to be counted
Bodies pressed together, arms held aloft

Lose the Swagger

Written By: Jon Leahy

Well how deep is your underground?
And is not on the radio
It’s never been found
Let’s keep it that way

Well how black is your wallet now?
And is the chain on your hip
Starting to weigh you down?
You like it that way

Let’s you and I meet on common ground
I’ll find the nerve, if you
Just lose the swagger

Let’s engage in a political dance
Well I’m the public
You’re the queen of France
I like it that way

Let’s you and I meet on common ground
I’ll find the nerve, if you

How deep, how deep is your
Your underground
I feel so lost, I feel so lost
And I don’t want to be found

I feel so lost I feel so lost
I feel so lost I feel so lost

Shut Off the Machines

Written By: Jon Leahy

There's a straight line
Between forgiveness and revenge
And it passes through the bullet
In my teeth
Well the wire's been cut
You still hold the other end
Know that the message you leave
Won't be heard by a friend

The cracks in the sidewalk
Are bleeding again
Bright shocks of color
In cold veins of grey
There's a well-trodden path
To your corner liquor store
Well when the knock comes at last
It won't be me at the door

Shut off the machines
I don't trust them they don't trust me
Well there is no faith between us
'Cause I never threaten to leave

Shut off the machines
I don't trust them they don't trust me
Well as long as they're between us
There'll be no one to blame

The thick, dirty glass
Blurs an aging lithograph
Obscures the knotty details
Of your oft remembered past
Were it offered you again
Would your answer be the same?
Well now your back is to an elevator shaft
You're faced with the flames...

Discography

"Throw Me The Keys" (2004) LP
"Lose the Swagger" (2005) Single b/w Arms Held Aloft
Both releases have seen FM radio airplay and are currently streaming at Launch.com, as well as being available at all internet-based distribution sites.

Set List

Shut Off the Machines, Buddy Black Eyes, My North Wall, This Time is the Exception, Human Shields, Arms Held Aloft, On the Take, Lose the Swagger. Covers: "Here Comes A Regular" - The Replacements. "Servo" - The Brian Jonestown Massacre. "Pale Blue Eyes" - The Velvet Underground