The Blunt, The Raw: The Broken Relics

“We’re all a “broken… something.” — the band’s lead guitarist Zach Warmouth intellectualized before he and his friends knocked off a Tiki head. This is the story of how the band’s name appeared. And one of the many stories about the lucky coincidences these guys have encountered.

For example, when Zach and current The Broken Relics’ bassist Alex Jakovina were looking for a singer and a drummer the luck came in the person of Zach’s younger brother. “It wasn’t even that I had reached out to him to join a band before,” he recalls. “He came to me one day like, I wrote this, you could use it if you wanted. After hearing it, I immediately knew that we had to do it together.”

The Broken Relics band
photo: provided by The Broken Relics

And remember: we’re talking about luck here. So not only Bryce Warmouth became the singer and rhythm guitarist of the band, but he also had a friend who’s a drummer. Of course, Jigsaw falling into place. And that piece of the puzzle was Zach Potkanowicz, aka Potsie.

To close this circle, this whole story of how the band was formed brings us back to the band’s name. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was the perfect moniker,” Zach says. “We thought about all of our influences, and how they were relics from the age where rock and roll was just getting its legs. Rather than thinking of broken as a negative thing, we saw ourselves as multiple pieces become a whole, to make something even better.” The puzzle was completed.

Fake It Till You Make It

When the song “Don’t Look Back” came out it gained 3000 streams on Spotify and over 1000 unique followers in only a few weeks. That was something the band wasn’t expecting at all, considering their not so professional self-promotion.

The Broken Relics band
photo: provided by The Broken Relics

On the other side, the four admit: they started telling everyone that their band is a big thing long before there was something to talk about. “We started building the idea of The Broken Relics to everyone we knew before we even had recorded a single note or played a show,” says Zach. “We already joked that if you pretend something is big enough for long enough, eventually it will become that.” Apparently, this rule still works pretty well.

Their Music Is Here To Help

As for the main influences, for The Broken Relics, they are Kings of Leon and Eagles. They actually call themselves “classic rock-infused Kings of Leon with a blend of southern twang and northeast Ohio grit.” And you can truly recognize the distinctive vibe of the good old Nashville quartet in songs like “Don’t Look Back”. But it’s rather a respectful homage than a strict quotation.

But the key feature of the band’s work has nothing to do with genres. It’s about the way these guys put themselves out there speaking bluntly and sincerely about the things we’re not likely to talk about. “My thoughts are raw and real. People dealing with mental health issues crave someone to be real with them,” says Bryce. “I like to be able to say, hey man, me too. I feel you. It’s alright to be going through rough times.”

In a world where the stigma surrounding mental health issues still exists using your influence for spreading awareness is not just helpful — it’s necessary. And The Broken Relics do their best. Other than communicating their messages through their music or social media platforms, they team up with like-minded people to create events such as Patchbay Music Festival.

“We inherited a very strange and harsh world, and when you see people come together in ways like this, it gives hope for a possibly brighter future,” Bryce summarizes.

The Thing That Matters

At the end of the day, what does a true musician aim for? Trying to answer this question it’s easy to start imagining sold-out stadiums and platinum albums. But is that all there is? For The Broken Relics that can hardly be called their main goal.

“There’s so much music that has changed my life or helped me through difficult situations.” — says Alex. “If we could write music where just one song touched someone or helped them like that, then we’ve done our job. Music to us is always about the connection. Even if there are only 20 people in a bar and only one person really gets it, it’s all worth it.”

What can we say, except that it’s a worthy mission? And we’re pretty sure that The Broken Relics will never fail it.

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