The Broken Spoke

The Broken Spoke

 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Indie rock music from Colorado that varies instrumention and infuses driving sonic indie/alternative rock qualities.


The Broken Spoke is an indie-rock band from Colorado that formed as a folk/country band in 2010. The sound has consistently evolved, but the through-line has always been an atypical approach to instrumentation and the willingness to deconstruct and reform songs in ways that sonically propel the lyrics and melodies, at times smashing through the boundaries of the songs. The band consists of Tom Skora, Matt Hollensbe, Eric Davis, Ryan Rumery, and Josh DeSmidt, and the instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass, drums, analog synthesizer, harmonium, and lap steel guitars.
In November 2010, their self-produced folk/country album entitled “Before There Were Easy Riders," was recorded live in the studio, using a reel-to-reel, ¼ inch, 8 track tape machine. It is currently distributed in Colorado record stores and online through iTunes and Their self-titled follow-up album, released in December of 2011, was recorded in Colorado Springs at 1620 Studios by J.D. Feighner and features Tom Hagerman (from Anti-Records’ Devotchka) on violin. This release is also available online and at live shows. In December, the band will head to Tuscon, Arizona to record with Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Devotchka, Neko Case) at Wavelab Studios.
“The Broken Spoke has an honest affinity for heartbreaks, hometowns and traditional American music. ‘Before There Were Easy Riders’ is filled with the kind of grit and sadness that’s hard to find in commercial country music”. Eryc Eyl, Denver Post Reverb
“At times reminds me of classic '70s country rock in the "veins" of The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival or some Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers action. At other times, like during the infectious gypsy fiddle jam "Barbara Lasso," the desperate, snarled twang of the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano blisters on the surface like a fresh sunburn”. Adam Leech, Colorado Springs Independent
The Broken Spoke has had the opportunity to share the stage with such great bands as the Seth Sherman Band, The Thrift Store Cowboys, The Lonesome Heroes, Willie Tea Taylor, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Tom VandenAvond, Brad Hoshaw, Larry and His Flask, Martha Scanlan, and countless others.


"Before there were Easy Riders" Full length album 2010
"The Pills I got for Christmas" Holiday Single 2010
"The Big Decisions"-2010
The Broken Spoke- Self Titled- 2011
Hideaway Sessioin- 2012