Press Clippings

Jay Miller, Patriot Ledger

February 13, 2009

The new CD has a varied and intriguing sound, with tastes of Americana, alternative rock, arena rock and even, in the title track, a definite Far Eastern influence. There are not a lot of obvious jazz elements, except that the music is perpetually surprising in where it goes. More to the point, it is compelling rock ’n’ roll, with a heady mix of new flavors that spice up, without overpowering, the basic rock format.

D. Westner

September 13, 2008

Keith Cornella and Broken City can be powerfully quiet, subtly loud, wonderfully moody, and totally good.
– D. Westner

Americana UK Review: "Inventive Sounds from Boston"

Related CD: 
Arms Are Falling

 Keith Cornella and Broken City "Arms are Falling" (Independent 2008)

Inventive sounds from Boston

 Keith Cornella and Broken City are a Boston based collective that play guitar rock and a fair bit more. This album is a both a backward glance at rock of the last 40 years and a crafty look at the future in terms where we stand 9 years into the new millenium.

 The opening title track has hints of space rock and the drone of Can but then we move into ‘Energy’ which does exactly what it says on the packet, starting with some David Byrnesque vocals that are promptly savaged by some supreme guitarwork straight out of the Nels Cline locker. ‘Engage’ follows up with a straight ahead ‘rock’ song that has hints of mid King Crimson with the repeated pealing guitar motif.

 There is an ambition at work hear, a desire to create. ‘Free Ride’ is an arms raised stadium rocker born in the vaults of Kansas and filtered through the The Flaming Lips – it doesn’t quite work but the vision inspires.

 There are hints of everyone here from Beck ‘Loaded Lovers’ to the Floyd on ‘Foxfire’ but it does not detract from a sense of a whole.

 Repeated plays bring more of an idea of band identity and a kind of understanding of where they’re from and where they’re going to but still no definitive idea of what they are about!. Climb on board, it could be an interesting trip.

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Contact Info

Booking Contact: 
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Publicity Contact: 
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Radio Contact: 
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Address: 
Attn: Keith Cornella, P.O. Box 29880, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Keith Cornella and Broken City, a band of young performers from Boston, cast magic spells of orchestral rock and textured pop.  Thoroughly modern yet well-informed of the genre’s history, the band’s fervent guitar and drum work, crafty arrangements, ambient textures, and harmonies have elicited comparisons to bands such as Wilco, Pink Floyd, XTC, Television, Matthew Sweet, MMJ, Super Furry Animals, Steve Winwood, and the Flaming Lips.  On their debut album Arms are Falling, mixed and co-produced by David Minehan (Neighborhoods, Replacements, Paul Westerberg) and mastered by Bob Katz (Gram Parsons, McCoy Tyner, Emmy Lou Harris, Bill Bruford), the band takes the listener on a journey through darker facets of the contemporary American experience, exploring themes of alienation, dissolution, avarice, and lost love.  At the same time, a vein of light runs through the album, touching on themes of hope, compassion, redemption, and transcendence.  Layers of sound and texture envelop the listener and invite new discoveries on every spin.  On the album, David Minehan noted, “Arms are Falling was a snake charmer of a project to work on.  It could lull you into deep sonic recesses yet the snake always presents the ability to strike.  When bitten, we then allow its constricting muscles to wrap us up tight and finish us off.  I enjoyed working on this disc immensely.”  With Keith Cornella (vocals, guitar), Matt Cadarette (guitar, vocals), Carter Dahm (bass, vocals), and Jeff Muzerolle (drums, vocals), KCBC is a literate and thought-provoking band that doesn’t forget how to rock.

KCBC draws on the wide range of its members' diverse musical experiences, which include playing with such well-known performers as Arturo Sandoval, Pinetop Perkins, Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorius, Maceo Parker), Rick Berlin, Biirdie, Conrad Herwig (Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri), John Mayer, Bobby Lee Rodgers (Colonel Bruce Hampton), and Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger).  As the rhythm section for their other outfit, the Brotherhood of Blues, the members of KCBC have backed up the likes of Simon Kirke (Bad Company / Free), Kate Taylor, James Montgomery, Woody Giessmann (Del Fuegos, Embarrassments), and local favorites Tim Pike and Rachel McCartney.