Broken Past Talks of Music and the Future!

Metal band BROKEN PAST have had a few release's out and an EP as well as an album in the works currently. The band talks of their content and what the future holds for them all below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Broken Past started in 2015 we have had sour growing pains and changes in musicians but this has been our line up for the last almost 4 years. We all started with our music at young ages my self.

Tony (Bass): As of right now, my music career started at a young age. I think I was around 12 was going to school and worked in a local music store called Music Makers in Wall,  NJ. I was in a band with my brother a guitar player named Lito and a drummer named Carl Johnson. We were known as Silent Screams. Our music was all original. Back in that music scene it was allot different then it is now you had your clicks, the metal heads, preps, rappers; etc. We were outcasts.  I'd say we were influenced by W.A.S.P., DIO, Ozzy and stuff along those lines. We uses to play a biker bar every Monday night called Mrs Jays in Asbury park, NJ.  It was open mic night and the main band to play was always Sammy and the Acme Boogie Company. So us young kids would come in and play what we played, boy did we get some looks back then.

So needless to say my music career didn’t go much further then that, but we had fun. Some years past and I took a break from the music and followed my career as a tattoo artist. I had a little fire light under me a few years ago I go to travel with some national acts as a personal Assistant/Security and got me to thinking why don’t I get back into the music. So a couple years ago I picked up a bass and started jamming a little in my tattoo studio boy did the guys that work for me not like me so much.

So I decided it was time to start to form a band and get back to my roots. So I started working in  garage one day and said lets start jamming. Well to say the least, Broken Past was formed. We've been blessed so far with playing a bunch of fundraising events and some other pretty big gigs with people on a national level. Mostly music is my escape, I love the feel of the bass and the music that can be created. Since we've started the band, I've built a complete recording studio and named it W.C. Recording and Rehearsal studio in honor of my brother and friend William.

Carpenter whom we traveled in a band called Modern Superstar together but in 2015 William lost his battle with cancer and the kind of person that I am wanted to keep his name alive and well and be free and play music in honor so we now all play in W.C. studio.

As of right now I am endorsed by Spector Bass Company, ntune guitar picks, Bullspike Radio and Rock Against Dystrophy. There's no telling what tomorrow will bring but Broken Past is gonna be around for a while.

Wayne (Guitar):I started at age 12. My father always played guitar and always had it available. 12 was the magic number for me to dive headfirst into this world of music and I’ve never turned back. Angus Young is my absolute guitar hero and only ever played straight through his amp. It was then I realized I was going to roll the same way. ;)

Frank (Vocals):  I started playing guitar at age 12, and then drums and bass guitar as well as singing, after being around friends and family who play instruments. My musical style ranges from extreme heavy metal to soft rock to alternative to pop to hip hop to classical music and even musical styles from different cultures around the world. My music playlist library is an eclectic mix of diversity, from A-Z, and it definitely reflects upon my lyrics and singing style.    

Bryan (Drums):I started with music at around 10 years old after I began listening to bands like AC/DC, Metallica, and Green Day and began taking drum lessons. My sound really developed when I got into bands such as Rush, Avenged Sevenfold, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, and Pantera. I have always been heavily influenced by the bands I am listening to and it reflects in my playing and in the songs we write. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The name Broken Past comes from we all have some kind  of broken past. Through troubled times growing to where we are at today we have all encountered some type of  the broken past.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of New Jersey U.S. The music scene isn't what it once was things are a lot tougher and there aren't a lot of places to play these days... We have a few main places we play but not like it use to be. Some local bands I could recommend. tonal crush, black rose rebellion, canamara, broitality, full on emply, legion, spahn ranch, knuckheads, mark mayer just to name a couple.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is a NJ metal best way to describe us is Black Label Society meets Black Sabbath  meets Pantera with an AC/DC twist.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We have releases and an EP in 2019 entitled "Time for Change", 4 originals and we covered metal health on it that was a lot of fun to do.

16. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently in the studio recording our full length CD which is just titled "Broken Past". We have our good friend John JD Deservio  of black label society producing and recording it for us we can wait for everyone to here this album.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have a few local shows coming up and a show in VA. We would love to play out more and is touring in our future hell ya never know guess well see what the future holds for us.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

What does the future hold for us I guess time will tell but we as a band are like a well oiled machine we have our own chemistry and it work for us; so there's no telling what the future holds for us hopefully a lot of shows, creating a lot of great music and most of all us having fun playing our music.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find out more stuff about us on our website or any of our social media link:

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Our music is from our hearts every song tells a story of our lives take a few min and listen listen to the heart the drive and our passion for what we have created. Thank you for your time, Tony Rodriguez.

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