About Broken Bells
Broken Bells only features two of the biggest names in alternative and indie music – the Shins' singer/guitarist James Mercer and producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton, aka the one and only Danger Mouse. Which makes it all the more interesting when you consider just how long this duo kept their secret side project under wraps for so long.
It's been a decade now since Mercer and Burton met at the 2004 Roskilde music festival in Denmark. They started writing together in 2008, and stepped up to recording at Burton's home studio in Los Angeles. What emerged wasn't Burton's sample-heavy style he's used on his own projects, and Mercer was suddenly singing falsettos and a mix of deep registers. By the time the pair announced they were Broken Bells in late 2009, fans were digging the changes.
Broken Bells debut single, "The High Road," served as the soft launch to their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2010. A year later, their "Meyrin Fields" EP arrived, featuring previously unreleased tracks. And in late 2013 the duo released a teaser for the then-forthcoming sophomore album, "After the Disco." The one-minute clip featured footage of Mercer and Burton in a dusty landscape while clips of a new song played in the background.
"After the Disco" bowed on February 4, 2014. The launch was backed by a media blitz that included appearances on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." The project drew widespread praise and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
Broken Bells to Tour U.S. This Fall
Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer (also known as Broken Bells) have crafted a United States tour centered around their gig at Austin City Limits Music Festival in October, all in promotion of their latest release, After the Disco. The tour starts in New York, NY at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September…Read more
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