Introducing: Broken Witt Rebels Print E-mail
Written by Jonathon Kardasz   
Sunday, 10 April 2016 03:30



Broken Witt Rebels are causing a bit of a ruckus on the wide world of the web, gaining some plays on radio and having some tasty gigs lined up over the spring. The Birmingham-based outfit (Danny Core, vocals & guitar; Luke Davis, vocals & bass guitar; James Dudley, drums and James Tranter, vocals & lead guitar) have a brand new EP out – 'Georgia Pine' – their third and Luke took time out from tour rehearsals to answer a few questions for us, quick fire to warm up then some more meaty propositions.


Broken Witt Rebels EP artwork small


Electric or acoustic?


Electric every time, just because!


Live or the studio?


We love to play live because of the buzz, it’s like nothing else.


Glastonbury or Download?


It’d be great to play either, but if we had to choose it would definitely be Download I think because it has a heavier feel.


Sure you been asked this before and sure you’ll be asked it again…why the name?


Yeah, we have been asked that a few times, we called ourselves Broken Witt Rebels because we wanted a name no one would have, so we cut up a newspaper and put headlines from different stories together and that’s what we got.


What are the bands that you are all collectively happy to listen to on the road, and what bands drive massive wedges between you?


Generally when we are on the road we pick a couple of albums from one artist and just listen through. Usually it is something like Alabama Shakes, Rival Sons, Vintage Trouble, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company or Muddy Waters. There’s not many artists that we don’t agree on as long as it sounds good it’s allowed on in the van.    


Given the chance, what’s the one established act that you’d give your eye teeth to support on a national tour?


I think that we would all agree that Rival Sons would be great to support on tour, I am a big fan of their music and I think their fans would love us too. It would be a perfect combo.




How important do you think artwork is for bands in these digital days?


Personally I think artwork is still a big part of what a band is, even digitally. It’s the first impression of a band, in such a fickle industry people will definitely judge what you will sound like base on your artwork, and it could be the difference between gaining a fan or them just passing it by.


The N.M.E., Kerrang!, Mojo, Classic Rock – how important is print media to a working band in the age of social media?


Music magazines are definitely still important: we grew up in the '90s and '00s and always read magazines. I still do, plus now it goes out in print and online, so you get the best of both worlds, but the best part about a printed magazine is there’s no buffering when you turn the page.


Do you feel any affinity with bands like the Temperance Movement or the Rival Sons both of whom are mining the rich heritage of classic blues / hard rock?


Absolutely, we feel that we are from the same vein as Rival Sons & Temperance Movement. Our sound started in our home town of Birmingham with bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the list goes on. We feel a close connection to its roots, B.W.R are here to make sure that the legacy is carried on and is brought back to Brum by us.


What’s the best new music you’ve heard in the past few months – any up and coming bands that you’d like to mention?


Yeah actually, there are a few but one in particular for me would be King King. I think they are class! They have a big sound with a touch of Bad Company about them, which is great in my book.


New recording 'Georgia Pine' is fresh out of the studio and in the public domain, how do you feel about it now it’s been set free (or do you need to put some time between the recording and the end product)?


We are massively excited for the public to hear it; we have worked incredibly hard creating it and know this is our finest work yet. We know everyone will agree when they hear it. 'Georgia Pine' is such a huge progression from our last EP, 'Howlin', but we’ve kept to our roots; we haven’t changed our sound, it’s just grown.


The Meltdown Festival enabled artists to create a festival with an eclectic mix of artists & bands with some unlikely combinations and collaborations; given the opportunity who would you guys bring together at Meltdown?


I think it would be awesome to see Seasick Steve and Yoko Ono collaborate then fight to the death.


A duo from Brighton have recently been anointed by the fashion police as the saviour of guitar-based rock, the media regularly seem to think guitar-based rock needs saving but I’ve certainly never seen it anywhere near death’s door over the past three decades – what’s your take?


As long as Broken Witt Rebels are here, Rock will never die!  



[Photos by Simon David]