The Broken Splendour

The Broken Splendour


Thomas Vecera who now calls Melbourne home is currently promoting his latest cd, 'Strange Company'. This release, his most diverse to date, captures Thomas' alternative folk vibe with his catchy sense of melody and sometimes haunting stories. If you blend Dylan & Yorke you'd pretty much have it.


The Broken Splendour is the latest project coming from Melbourne based singer/songwriter Thomas Vecera. The group is rounded out by Zach Watson (bass) and Steve Bourke (drums). Their new folk/indie pop sound has garnered much attention not just in Australia but also back in Thomas' native US prompting them to prepare for their new recording 'If You Were Velvet' which will be co-produced and engineered by local engineer Mitch Kenny (Missy Higgins, Good Charlotte and Xaiver Rudd to name a few).

Thomas' most recent album 'Strange Company' was recorded by local producer Scott Kingman (James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite). This mostly acoustic based set of songs continues to set Thomas apart as one of Melbourne's most original and unique songwriters.

Now living permanently in Melbourne Thomas and band will set forth performing at local festivals this summer (Festival of the Sea, Sustainable Living Festival, Thin Green Line Festival, etc) while still promoting his three previous albums ‘Another Night Somewhere Else' (2002) and ‘Welcome to Yikesville’ (2004) and 'Strange Company' (2007), all of which provide an artful blend of new folk/pop and alternative song writing that is familiarly reminiscent of billboard hits spanning more than three decades.

Thomas grew up just outside of Houston, TX but quickly made his way into the Austin music scene where he fronted bands that saw local and regional success playing famed clubs like Steamboat, Babes, Saxon Pub, and Hole In The Wall. Teaming with producers Mark Hallman and Stephen Doster on a 5-song EP, Thomas co-written fan favorite, Lucy, a haunting fairy tale of a young girl who finds her way in a world stacked against her, found regional radio play on KLBJ Austin.

After eight years of playing to crowds in Austin, Thomas moved to Los Angeles to gain broader exposure while recording his debut album. Promoting 'Another Night Somewhere Else', Thomas played Hollywood venues including The Roxy, 14 Below and The Gig and gained a loyal and significant fan base. In 2002, Last a Light Year off of Another Night Somewhere Else was a featured download on MP3 Spain.

The Broken Splendour, cleverly sing songs of love, longing and life, sometimes even dealing with dark subject matter, with an airy groove that makes people want to sing along almost instantly. 'If You Were Velvet' will be out mid 2009 and will almost certainly make its way into your list of favorites.

“…a haunting and powerful presence weaving sinuous bits of complex storytelling with flowing melody…”

-LA Music Scene

“...just do yourself a favor...get in on the groundfloor with this guy, you won't soon regret. It's a cool feeling to look back a few years and say to yourself or an audience, "I saw that guy when...”
-Review Point
Contact: 0417 190 641 - (03)9481 3697


Another Night Somewhere Else - 2003
Welcome to Yikesville - 2004
Strange Company - 2007

Set List

nyc (bigger than you are)
King Noone Knows
Could've Fallen
Red Houses
She Called Me Up
So Famaliar
Photographs & Pills
There's More Than This
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Simple Twist of Fate - Bob Dylan
Passenger Side - Wilco
Inside a Mountain