Ok Broken are a three piece band from in and around Manchester!
Long since the boom of the cotton industry faded into the pages of history, Oldham has been a quiet town, apart from the odd surge of musical talent such as Inspiral Carpets, N-Trance, Mark Owen and some small success from the local football team in the early 90’s there has been a restless hum of independent artists and bands trying to break into the bigger city scene, then in 2010 local lads Gaz Wright & Phil McArdle formed Ok Broken.
Check out the video below for ‘Waiting In Line’ to see what OK Broken are all about!
The combination of Gaz’s interest in American and British Rock and Phil’s (being 5 years younger than Gaz) Hip Hop, Indie and youth culture music made for a great and fresh song writing partnership. Adding to the line-up is long-time friend of band, Drummer, Alex Whitehead. Alex came from a Thrash Metal background which meant that when slowed down to a more rock tempo his timing and precision was impeccable .
To date the band have played well over a 100 shows, some of which were performed in the Norths most prestigious venues such at O2 Ritz and Leeds O2 Academy, the latter being the final of the Soundwaves Showcase in front of around 1500 people. They are regulars on the seasonal festival circuit and played for many charitable events like March Of The Mods, Oxjam and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Another great track from Ok Broken in the form of ‘Sirens’ watch the music video below!
During the 2015/16 season the fans of Manchester United were treated to the bands song Waiting in Line as the team took a half time break during their Europa League match against Liverpool. The song has been featured on Manchester music compilation albums and when released quickly became a fan favorite. Their latest release Ground Control is taken from the upcoming self-titled EP; the song sees the band expand their musical horizons, using instruments such as a brass ensemble and synthesizers. It was recorded at a secret location in Knutsford with Oscillate Recordings, the studio is the main base for Middleton band The Courteeners.
What Gaz has to say about Vocalzone.
“Both myself and Phil the bass player are rock singers, vocal power is as important to us as the song/melody. I have used ginger and honey tea, lemon water, steam and even bog standard menthol sweets. It wasn’t until I found Vocalzone that I was blown away. Not only does it help with my vocal warm up but it gives me confidence on stage to hit the notes without failure and that’s a massive thing for me.”