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Broken Bells

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Though Broken Bells featured two of the bigger names in indie and alternative music -- the Shins' singer/guitarist James Mercer and producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse -- the duo managed to keep their project secret for a relatively long time. The pair were inspired to collaborate when they met at 2004's Roskilde music festival in Denmark, where they discovered they were fans of each other's work. However, they didn't start writing and recording together as a band until March 2008, when Mercer holed up in Burton's home studio in Los Angeles. The duo took a different approach to their work together than they had with their other projects: Burton avoided the sample-heavy style he used on The Grey Album and Beck's Modern Guilt, and played only live instruments, while Mercer broadened his vocal style to include falsettos and deeper registers. Mercer and Burton announced they were Broken Bells in fall 2009, and late that year they released their debut single, "The High Road." Their self-titled debut album arrived in spring 2010. A year later, the Meyrin Fields EP arrived, featuring previously unreleased tracks as well as the title track, which had been the B-side to the single The Ghost Inside. In late 2013 the duo released a teaser for a forthcoming second album, entitled After the Disco, in the shape of a retro-futurist short film starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara. The album was preceded by the singles "After the Disco" and "Holding on for Life," which had an old-school, psychedelic '70s feel, right down to the production, with the latter track sounding uncannily like the Bee Gees. After the Disco arrived in February 2014. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Broken Bells

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    11 songs

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    After the Disco [Bonus Track]

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    Broken Bells

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    It's That Talk Again

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    Holding On for Life (Zeds Dead Remix)

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    Holding On for Life (Solomun Remix)

    1 song

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    After the Disco

    1 song

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    Holding on for Life

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    Vaporize

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    Meyrin Fields EP

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    The High Road

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    After the Disco [LP]


Top Songs by
Broken Bells

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The High Road
  3.   The Ghost Inside
  4.   After the Disco
  5.   Holding on for Life
  6.   Vaporize
  7.   Your Head Is on Fire
  8.   Sailing to Nowhere
  9.   Trap Doors
  10.   Meyrin Fields
  11.   October
  12.   Windows
  13.   A Perfect World
  14.   It's That Talk Again
  15.   Control
  16.   Mongrel Heart
  17.   Angel and the Fool
  18.   Leave It Alone
  19.   Overture
  20.   The Changing Lights
  21.   No Matter What You're Told
  22.   Citizen
  23.   Medicine
  24.   Heartless Empire
  25.   The Mall & Misery
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