39 Stripes

Beyond Broken

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The Tampa, FL-based rockers almost called it quits at the peak of a tumultuous two-year period punctuated by the death of loved ones, misguided business dealings, and lighter than anticipated record sales. After grinding it out, the D.I.Y. rock outfit surfaced with its first full-length project in October 2010 to a consensus that it was well worth the wait. Beyond Broken is full of post-grunge sound in all its glory, paying homage to a gamut of '90s and 2000s rock influences from Tonic to Daughtry to Our Lady Peace. Their tale is told not only by Mike Wilson's vocals but by the challenging guitar artistry of producer and lead guitarist Steve Henderlong. "Saving Me a Place" honors Henderlong's grandfather, while "My Desire" is a straightforward AC praise anthem. It's the title track, though, that sums up the band's slow rise when Wilson belts out that "Sometimes we have to break/To see how the pieces fit perfectly." It's that resilience that led to this impressive debut and a welcome sound to fans of rock everywhere.

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