By: Lauren Napier
Broke is an amazingly talented rock band hailing from
American Fork, Utah. The band consists of Joel (vocals
and guitar) Milo (bass), and The Rob (drums) Brian
(guitar). Joel’s raw but melodic vocals set
this band apart from the rest. Their live performances
are captivating and the sound envelopes the venue
and those in attendance. They won’t be an opening
band for long…soon they’ll have the headlining
Smash Magazine: How did you all get together?
Milo: Personal ads.
Joel: Ha ha...Well basically I wrote some songs and
me and Rob did a two-piece thing for a while. And
then Milo played for a band in Salt Lake and we stole
him. And Bryan and I have been friends since high
school and we needed another guitar player so we asked
him to do it.
SM: What genre describes your music?
Joel: Pretty much just rock. Wouldn’t you all
Brian: Yeah, we’re just rock. Rock ‘n’
SM: Who/What are your major influences?
Joel: Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Cure.
SM: What music are you currently listening
Milo: The new Nine Inch Nails.
Joel: Muse a lot. Prince. Love Prince - the old stuff.
The new stuff is cool, it’s like jazzy, but
the old stuff’s way better.
SM: Have you read any books that have changed
your perspective on society?
Milo: Everyone looks at me. I’m the only fucking
reader. I recently read a book called Bias. It had
to do with media biases and things like that. And
normally I’m not a very conservative guy but
it makes you think about stuff. That was pretty cool.
Joel: I like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. It’s
a self-help book. It’s teaches you not to stress
all the little things in life and really they’re
all little things because we all stress way too much.
SM: What is your biggest regret?
Joel: Wow. I don’t think I have any. Three out
of the four of us have been married and two out of
those three have been divorced. Milo and I got divorced
this year. I don’t regret getting divorced do
Milo: Not at all.
Brian: If we hadn’t done all the shitty bad
stuff that we did, we wouldn’t have gotten to
where we are now.
Joel: We wouldn’t have been having so much fun.
Milo: I regret buying the street porn a few minutes
ago. That was five dollars out of my pocket.
SM: How do you spend your time besides with
Brian: We don’t really spend any time doing
anything but music. Well, I spend time with my two
Milo: I’m a homeless loser that plays music.
Joel: Milo lives in his truck - right there, the Blazer.
And then I record and produce local bands in Salt
Lake. Hang out with my girlfriend. Bitch about everything.
Rob: Play drums and I live with my sister and brother-in-law.
That’s really all I do. Not much more.
SM: What is your favorite venue to play and
Joel: The Velvet Room in Salt Lake City. It had really
good sound, it’s classy.
Brian: Shit loads of people pack that place all the
time. And the people who work there are really good
to us - it’s just a good environment.
Joel: People in Utah are good people. They're different
from a lot of people. At least growing up a lot of
us we kind of resented living in Utah, at least for
the first couple years. And then the more places we
go, at least for me, the more I liked Utah.
Brian: They’re just kind of chill.
Joel: They have a really nice sound system that you’d
find in LA or anywhere, but the people don’t
have egos or anything like that.
SM: Could you describe your song-writing process?
Brian: He (Joel) comes up with the basic idea of every
song we have. We just kind of go from there.
Joel: Me and Milo will usually stay up late at night
and come up with a melody or chord progression or
something. Mess with the song structure and the arrangement
and everything. Then we’ll record, since I record
a lot of Utah bands and stuff I have the recording
capabilities to get the basic idea down. Then we show
everybody and everybody puts in their two cents. Then
voila - there’s your song.
What political issues most concern you?
Joel: The price of gas and whether the liquor store
is open in Utah or not. That’s about it. If
you can be good to the people around you and be kind
of a positive influence that’d be good. But
it seems like all of the bands who are about something
in two years end up eating their words because they’re
just doing something to create some kind of scene.
Brian: We’re just not that political. We just
want to play rock ‘n’ roll.