When the Broken Bow is a Portland, OR-based trio fronted by singer/pianist Ali Ippolito. Armed with strong classical & ragtime roots and a sensitivity to her world within & without, Ali writes songs in response to memories, realizations, hopes, and social & political awakenings. WBB has been in its current arrangement of piano, bass & drums for a few years; prior to that, Ali had been performing solo since her move from NY in 2000. She has also performed & recorded extensively with various musical projects in Portland over the years, including Heroes & Villains & Nick Jaina. Justin Stimson (bass) & Quentin Whitman (drums) are both Oregon natives, and their musical influences & endeavors are widespread & ever-expanding. WBB's debut album, We, the Dangerous Weapons, as a whole is dynamic, lyrical, contemplative & powerful, with a sincerity put forth only by one who wears their heart on their sleeve. It has been a long time coming, & the band is very proud to be releasing it into the world. They hope & wish for each listener to take something meaningful & constructive away from it.
"Portland, Oregon, band When the Broken Bow make intense, powerful music. Their apocalyptic new album We, the Dangerous Weapons is a mix of ornate, anguished gypsy rock and pensive, trippy, surreal, sometimes haunting lo-fi chamber pop and noir cabaret....Without a doubt, this strange, intriguing and fearless album is among the best to come out over the past year."
- New York Music Daily