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  • Live Review: Picture Me Broken — The Roxy, West Hollywood

    Sat, 02 Jun 2012 12:15:32

    Live Review: Picture Me Broken — The Roxy, West Hollywood - Exclusive by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Last night at The Roxy, Picture Me Broken were just full of surprises.

    That's what made the California quintet's set so crushing and captivating all at once. The groove guitar snap of "Corrupt Me" immediately ignited a wave of headbanging from the stage surging through the crowd. Frontwoman Layla "Brooklyn" Allman instantly transfixed the young audience with an irresistible intensity and staggering vocal prowess. Her pink vest and white jeans belied a primal power that simply walloped on the song's undeniable hook.

    In terms of chops, she nailed every note from the guttural screams to the soaring crescendos. Continuously flipping the script, she prefaced "Her Demise" by announcing, "It's a little bit country but we won't tell anyone" and adding, "This is a true story by the way".

    She relayed a haunting tale with theatrical bombast and impeccable flare as a swaggering, six-string stomp sizzled beneath. It's the kind of "country" you'd listen to on the train down to hell, and it's utterly awesome.

    After big bombastic drums from Shaun Foist and some scorching fretwork courtesy of Dante Phoenix and Jimmy Strimpel, Picture Me Broken elegantly slowed the ride down on the hypnotic "Moment of Weakness". Allman took to the piano and transferred the same intensity into this moving catharsis. Everything culminated on the final thrash-ed out assault of "Nothing Further From the Truth", which saw the singer's screams once again turn ravenous and rapturous as Austin Dunn's bass rumbled.

    There's certainly a slew of great young bands out there, but none of them have the diverse grit of Picture Me Broken. The band has all kinds of cool tricks up their sleeve musically, but it won't be any surprise when they take over hard rock.

    Rick Florino

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