Music > Artists > Alternative
Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Broken Bells

Biography

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 others’ 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.

Top Albums

After the Disco, Broken Bells
1. After the Di..
Broken Bells, Broken Bells
2. Broken Bells
Meyrin Fields - EP, Broken Bells
3. Meyrin Field..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Holding On for LifeAfter the Disco3:56$1.29
2.
High RoadBroken Bells3:52$1.29
3.
Ghost InsideBroken Bells3:17$1.29
4.
OctoberBroken Bells3:38$1.29
5.
VaporizeBroken Bells3:29$1.29
6.
Mall and MiseryBroken Bells4:06$1.29
7.
Trap DoorsBroken Bells3:19$1.29
8.
Sailing to NowhereBroken Bells3:46$1.29
9.
Easy LifeMeyrin Fields - EP2:54$1.29
10.
Mongrel HeartBroken Bells4:23$1.29
11.
CitizenBroken Bells4:29$1.29
12.
Your Head Is On FireBroken Bells3:02$1.29
13.
Heartless EmpireMeyrin Fields - EP2:44$1.29
14.
WindowsMeyrin Fields - EP3:11$1.29
15.
Meyrin FieldsMeyrin Fields - EP2:46$1.29
16.
Perfect WorldAfter the Disco6:24Album Only
17.
After the DiscoAfter the Disco3:39Album Only
18.
Leave It AloneAfter the Disco5:30Album Only
19.
Changing LightsAfter the Disco3:48Album Only
20.
ControlAfter the Disco3:41Album Only
21.
Lazy WonderlandAfter the Disco3:21Album Only
22.
MedicineAfter the Disco3:28Album Only
23.
No Matter What You're ToldAfter the Disco3:50Album Only
24.
Angel and the FoolAfter the Disco3:15Album Only

Top Music Videos

The Ghost Inside, Broken Bells
1. The Ghost Insi..
The High Road, Broken Bells
2. The High Road
Heartless Empire (Live Rehearsal), Broken Bells
3. Heartless Empi..


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