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Picture Me Broken ("WIDE AWAKE" OUT N... / Press

“Singer Layla “Brooklyn” Allman is a fantastic singer, whose range goes anywhere from beautiful and powerful singing to screaming, something many singers can’t accomplish, and is definitely more rare in female singers. I imagine her voice will only get better as time goes on...”

“There's a whole lot of ground to cover here at South by Southwest, so it's a good thing MTV News has someone to help us do it: not-quite-legal California flamethrowers Picture Me Broken, who are down in Austin for the very first time (and since they're all still in high school, that means they're skipping class to be here). And while you might not be familiar with them just yet, we get the feeling you will be. Very soon, in fact.”

“... these talented musicians put on one hell of a show! Going to see them live let everyone who may have doubted that Layla Brooklyn Allman on lead vocals and synth, Nick Loiacono on guitar, Austin Dunn on bass and back-up vocals and Connor Lung on drums and backup vocals… actually have the chops to deserve to have won an MTV VMA! The passion the band makes their music with shined, from Layla’s moody and mature lyrics to her band mate’s masterful handling of their instruments.”

“Melodic screamo, at first blush, would seem to be a contradiction in terms. Some might even shorten that descriptor to emo. So, when emerging Northern California band Picture Me Broken dropped their debut EP, Dearest (I'm So Sorry), with that preemptive classification, I'm thinking there will be a token attempt to sing in tune before the self-immolation begins. Imagine my surprise, then, when this group of teenagers from Redwood City offered up a tantalizing mix of styles light on the suicidal tendencies. I should have known when the album cover wasn't pitch black that there would be something different about this band.”

“I had enough trouble deciding on a dress to wear to my 10th grade homecoming dance. I can’t imagine if at 16 I had to pick out an outfit to wear to the MTV Video Music Awards. Ah, but such is the life of Layla Allman, frontwoman for San Francisco-based band Picture Me Broken. She and her trio of bandmates started out as four 12-year-olds playing cover songs, and 4 years later, they’re not only attending the VMAs but winning for “Best Breakout Bay Area Artist.” After opening for Linkin Park and playing the San Francisco Warped Tour, the group has released their debut EP, “Dearest, I’m So Sorry,” and is busy building the foundation for what is sure to be a long career in music.”

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