Broken Arm


Broken Arm are a punk group from Leeds, deepest, darkest West Yorkshire.

The question is, what kind of punk group? Or indeed, what kind of punks? There are many. It's confusing. Although they have short hair and are known to wear check shirts, they have no affinity with straight edge. Although they like dogs and lager, they don't appear to be crusties either. It might well be that they are four fairly anonymous individuals who occasionally crawl out from under their respective rocks and meet up on a Friday night to play an aggressive mixture of garage rock and uncouth 80s-style noise rock in a way that sounds... not quite like any other group.

A few fairly serviceable attempts at describing their sound by referencing other artists will certainly help listeners in their comprehension: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion as played by Black Flag; Billy Childish as played by The Jesus Lizard; Spacemen 3 as played by Karp. They don't sound as good as any of these three possibilities might be, of course, but they do sound very good in their own way.

You might recognise their members from other groups they've appeared in which do not sound at all like Broken Arm: Guitarist Guy is a member of snappy, funky post-punk group Woman. Vocalist Nick and bass player Hugues were in the abrasive post-punk group Sailors. Drummer Tom was in the deceptively successful "world metal" group Like a Kind of Matador, although was always inclined towards playing more like Helmet's John Stanier.

Negative is their debut 7" and consists of three short, sharp stabs and one hot, slow rodding.