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When a stem breaks from a tree the tree doesn’t die, it doesn’t shrink, it doesn’t even wither. Instead two new branches will grow in its place; stronger and fuller than it was before, the tree grows out of adversity. This philosophy of constant growth formulates the back-bone of The Broken Stems.
A band that believes only in the genre of great music coupled with great performance…don’t be surprised if you’re at a show and hear a blues song that moves into a reggae vibe and ends with soulful a Capella. They seamlessly blend an eclectic mix of all of these and more but you’ll hear an over-tone in each song that’s distinctly “Broken Stems”, it will keep you dancing through the show and leave the music in your head long after.
It’s probably because the four stems of the band come from such different backgrounds musically that they find this unique style. Between the explosive drumming style of Andrew Bache and the hard-rock influenced bass lines of Chelsea Baker, the rhythm section creates a groove that’s easy to follow. Brad Sweet adds colorful vocal harmonies that stem from his a Cappella roots and soulful piano/organ solos that come from his love for jazz. Finally Jesse Gawlik’s powerful blues-inspired guitar solos and reggae inspired rhythms wrap the bands instruments together. Couple that with the powerful and emotional vocal performance he brings to every song and you have a sound that truly stands apart from other San Diego bands right now.
Living and playing together in a house on top of a mountain in a village near the sea, The Broken Stems finished their first album in 2013 thanks to the support of over 100 backers and close friends/fans via Kickstarter. They’re working right now on a second album and are currently touring around southern California.