Broken River

Broken River


Who are we chatting to? Ben Stolz.

What do you do in Broken River? l sing and play the guitar.

Your debut single, I Don’t Want To Know, has a bit of a post-punk vibe. Was that intentional or are there other musical influences you draw from? Nothing is all that intentional in Broken River. There’s a flanger effect on the bass guitar. l think that sound gives it a bit of a post-punk vibe. Kings of Leon would essentially sound like Siouxsie and the Banshees if they used a bit more flange. l was listening a lot to PiL around the time l wrote this song – although this song sounds nothing like PiL.

The Tote is one of the most iconic venues in Melbourne. Is that why you chose it for your launch party? It was by chance that we booked The Tote for our launch. It was the only venue that fitted in with our schedule. Thinking back now l can’t tell you how proud I am to be launching our very first single at The Tote. That place holds a lot of fond memories for me. It’s the greatest rock’n’roll venue in the world.

After the party for the single, what is next on the agenda for Broken River? We’ve got a lot of material already recorded, and we’ll go back into Woodstock Studios in February. The plan is to release a lot of material in the first half of 2017.