Leeds punk outfit Broken Arm are releasing their debut album ‘Life is Short’ this coming 15th September. Is it just us, or between their band name and album title, doesn’t it all eerily sound like a car crash scene? Quite frankly, it’s a fitting choice to describe the overall sound and feel of this album – dirty noise rock with a slab of punk and a tint of grunge.
‘Hard To Live’ is the album opener with a recurrent beat comprised of heavy guitars and thudding drums layered with a grungey vocal performance. It’s a fine example of what we can expect Broken Arm to muster up in the upcoming forty minutes. The following track may be called ‘Under The Table’, but on the contrary this groovy track makes us want to jump on top of the table and rock out on our guitars (if only we could play, that is!) Amidst the typical Broken Arm sound, this track is heavily distortion-laden.
Playing on the same field is track number seven ‘Distractions’, the first half for which is mostly all laid-back instrumentals with echoes and distortions left and right. The second half is brought in by the addition of sparse vocals to go on top of all the distractions in the background. The album’s title track comes in at number nine – also the penultimate track – and it sounds straight out of the garage, with its thick, muddy guitars. It brings out a very mid 80s-90s grunge vibe.
A raw collection of tracks, ‘Life Is Short’ shows Broken Arm flaunt their unique sound. If you’re a 90s kid looking for yet another record to add to your ever growing vinyl collection, you may want to add this onto your list (it is only being released on vinyl and digitally!)