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The Broken Heartbreakers

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The Broken Heartbreakers are a 'folk-pop' group. They started life in 2002 when song-writer John Guy Howell teamed up with singer Rachel Bailey, and the nucleus of the group was formed. To their surprise, the band’s repertoire of songs of “love, loss and lonesome nights” soon garnered a loyal following beyond the usual friends and family circuit.

As their popularity has grown, the group has been chuffed to play at the bass player’s brother’s wedding and to support such international acts as Lou Barlow and The Handsome Family.

Their recently released, self-titled album is a labour of love. In its making, The Broken Heartbreakers boldly chose to turn up their collective noses at today’s digital recording methods. As a result, their album was produced using only vintage analogue technology and was recorded and mixed to tape in “real time”. Real performances by real people. No digital effects were used in the making of this record. Plate reverbs, echo chambers and butt-burning valve amplifiers informed and enriched every loving detail.

Here are just a sample of what reviewers have been saying..

"An 11 track gem that ticks all the right boxes when it comes to crafting perfectly formed country and folk-pop songs." **** ½ stars - Otago Daily Times

"The Broken Heartbreakers are a rare exception" - Nick Bollinger, NZ Listener

"Intelligent, heartfelt, aching and entrancing. Wonderful album." - Best of Elsewhere 2007 - Graham Reid

"Stunning second album of feel good break-up songs."
**** stars
- NZ Herald

"The Broken Heartbreakers emerge with their own unique approach that immediately captivates you." - Waikato Times

"desert-dry wit, and melodies sturdy enough to hang your hat on" - Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times

Band Members:
John Guy Howell (guitar, vocals)
Rachel Bailey (guitar, vocals)
Sam Prebble (mandolin)
Mike Stoodley (bass)
Myles Allpress (drums)

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