My Interview with Broken Anchor!

Broken Anchor rocks hard and plays even harder. Frontman Austin Hartley-Leonard is charming and charismatic and his raspy vocals really draw you into each song. So check out my chat with the hilarious, talented, bean and cheese burrito loving Austin of Broken Anchor!

So at first listen, I get a vibe similar to Bruce or more recently,The Gaslight Anthem, just wondering who some of your musical influences are?

I certainly love both The Gaslight Anthem and Bruce, I bought "Nebraska" in college and it changed me pretty profoundly. But I equally love Built To Spill, Son Volt, Wilco, The Beach Boys, The Hot Snakes, that first Pete Yorn record, Flying Lotus, Dianogah, Ras G

I absolutely love the music, especially 'Never Leave me Alone' . Such a great song, and much like the other songs from 'Broken Anchor' so chill and easy to listen to and rock out to at the same time. I can just put this on and listen to it on a road trip FOR MILES (Sun shining, wind in my hair sort of deal)! With that said, what did you have in mind when putting together songs like this? Is this how you pictured people listening to your music?

I really had no notion as to how people were going to receive the music...but if you told me "Never Leave Me Alone" had inspired a massive food fight followed by a group make-out....I wouldn't be bummed ;)

Being a writer, I know that the writing process can sometimes be tedious. What is your process like, and what motivates you to write?

Mostly the clock hitting 10am. That's when I start. And the process is usually the around on the guitar for a sec, hum a little, find a melody, sing dummy lyrics, write real

So your new album 'Fresh Lemonade' is about to be released, what can people expect from this album?? Any fears or hesitation about putting out new music? Just excitement? Or just freaken relieved it's done and it's going to be out there??

Certainly there's some nerves, this record is the result of so many ups and downs in my life and changes I've had to make. I'd like to think all of those things were stepping stones to something way bigger musically...but if not...I'll just make some more records. And yes...thank god this thing is done and finally out there!

So I know a tour is in the works and going down SOON! What's the best part about playing live?

The best part of playing live? Oh it's gotta be the money. THE MONEY IS THE BEST!!!

*Favorite Tracks


Stencil Heart


Leave the light on

Never leave me Alone

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