Picking up where he left off with the previous album Fading Flowers, Zach Jones’ Broken Record continues to showcase his musical diversity. While refusing to be pigeon holed into any single genre, Jones further explores themes of personal growth, past reflection and uncertainty about the future. With an encyclopedic knowledge of yesterday’s music and an awareness and appreciation for today’s, Jones combines the raw energy and style of the 60’s British pop explosion, from artists such as The Who and The Kinks, with the soulful expression of the American R&B that poured from Motown and Stax. While paying tribute to the music he loves, yet expanding beyond tradition in sound and arrangement, Jones has created a fresh musical melting pot of modern rock, pop, and soul.
A step forward from Fading Flowers in size and intricacy of arrangements, at the heart of Broken Record lays Jones’ poetic songwriting and the energy of a live band. Simple melodies, profound lyrics and infectious hooks teamed with the honesty and raw emotion of a live performance provide the foundation on which Broken Record is built. The album opens with the up-tempo rocker ‘Let It Go’, blasting off as if it were Black Sabbath performing a song written by The Police and sung by David Ruffin of The Temptations. Jones then seamlessly transitions into ‘Empathy’, a soulful mid-tempo ballad that could almost be a lost Stevie Wonder gem. Whether or not these two songs, with their two distinct styles, should belong on the same record is never a concern. Flowing naturally from one song to the next, Broken Record takes the listener on a musical journey of the unexpected, eagerly anticipating what might be next. From the Brit-pop sounds of ‘When I’ve Got Time’ or the melancholy longing of ballad ‘If It Should Fall’, to the Queens Of The Stone Age-flavored punch of ‘Never Easy’, Broken Record brings a full listening experience that would feel just as at home spinning on a turntable as it does blasting through a pair of iPod ear buds.
With Fading Flowers, Zach Jones announced his arrival as a new force of the independent power pop genre. Having previously established himself as a fiery lead guitarist and energetic live performer, on a seemingly endless tour of the United States as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop/rock band AS FAST AS, Jones showed that he is also a skilled craftsman as a songwriter. With Broken Record, Jones continues to push the boundaries of pop music while embracing the integrity of the pre-auto-tuned era.
released March 22, 2011
Andrew Hodgkins- Drums
Stu Mahan- Bass
Zach Jones- Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass(8,9)
Emily Dix Thomas- Cellos (Track 11)
All songs written by Zach Jones
Produced by Zach Jones and Jon Nolan
Recorded and Engineered by Jon Nolan at Milltown Recording Company Rollinsford, NH
Assistant Engineer: Tristan Omand
Additional Tracking by Zach Jones
Mixed by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo Windham, ME
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Portland, ME
Photos by Matt Cosby (americanpicturebook.com
Art and Layout by Kelsey Munroe (scowldesign.com
Website by Adam Flaherty (adamflaherty.com
To my friends, family and fans who have continued to support my endeavors and make it possible for me to keep creating music. You are a constant source of inspiration, I couldn't do it without you.
Special Thanks To:
Mom, Dad, Josh, Kate, Chris, Andrew Hodgkins, Stu Mahan, Jon Nolan, Spencer Albee, Hache Horchatta, John Maclaine, Emily Dix Thomas, Jon Wyman, Kelsey Munroe, Adam Ayan, Matt Cosby and Lauren Rudser. I love you all.