The Broken Heartbreakers Bring It Home

by Insiders Dunedin

Northeast Valley-based band The Broken Heartbreakers are celebrating the release of their latest album "How We Got To Now" by opening their national tour in the heart of their own community.
On Friday, October 23rd, Nga Maara Hall on North Rd will warm to the band's thoughtful and melodic folk-pop. They'll be joined on the night by recently returned singer-songwriter Nadia Reid and by Victor Billot, who will turn in a short set of original poetry.

It is nearly five years since The Broken Heartbreakers released their second album “Wintersun” to excellent reviews and response, and in that time a lot has changed. The world has changed, the line-up has changed, and the sound of The Broken Heartbreakers has evolved once again.
During this time between albums, core songwriters John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey were busy travelling and having adventures, including extended stays in Ireland and Melbourne. They settled back in New Zealand two years ago in Howell’s hometown of Dunedin, where they live with their newest roadie, their two-year-old daughter.

On the new album, Howell and Bailey are joined by current drummer Jeff Harford (Bored Games, The Rip, Psychic Maps) and Richard Pickard, who was brought in as bassist for the recording. Pickard is an Auckland musician with a massive playing history with some of New Zealand’s leading musicians.

There are also cameos on the album from friends of the band, including John White, Reb Fountain, Dylan Storey, Steve Abel, Brendan & Alison Turner and Emily Cater.
Former bassist for the band Mike Stoodley (The Verlaines) was brought in to engineer the new recordings earlier in 2015. Stoodley has also mixed the album alongside Howell and Bailey.
The video for the first single from the album, "Swipe Card Valley" was shot on iPhone and edited on iPad by Harford, and features some unique perspectives on Dunedin city, and city life.

The Broken Heartbreakers' Dunedin show will start early, with doors at 7pm and the first act on at 7.30pm. A cash bar will operate and a light supper will be included with admission.
Tickets are available from
Limited doors sales $20 (cash only).

Post submitted by Jeff Harford

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