‘Broken’ in love: Emotions run high with indie pop band’s rise

Cody Deitz, Features Editor

     Meet lovelytheband, an indie-pop endeavor focused on starting a real conversation through its debut single, “Broken.” Some bands know how to say everything that needs to be said through music alone, and lovelytheband is one of those rare acts.

     It’s an indie pop band that formed in 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Formed on a drunken night at a bar in West Hollywood, the group is inspired by bands such as Foster the People, MGMT and Smallpools. They’re signed with Another Century Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music.

     They started with former Oh Honey band member Mitchy Collins and longtime collaborator and music producer Christian Medice. Medice had also previously worked with famous pop artist P!nk for her 2017 album “Beautiful Trauma.” Other members who joined later are guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price.

     The band debuted in July 2017 with their first single “Broken.” Timothy Monger of Apple Music described the song as “a sprightly and infectious single” which currently has been streamed on Spotify over seven million times. The song has since become their first record to chart on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, which is currently peaking this week at Number 8.

     “We all have our demons we fight every day. It’s about finding someone whose problems complement yours. Perfectly imperfect,” Collin said in an interview with Atwood Magazine. “Everyone is a little broken inside, trying to find their Band-Aid.”

     The song is an ode to the broken ones, that it is possible to romanticize being hurt or incomplete. There is a way toward getting fixed—or just existing broken together—that allows for a strong relationship.

     “There’s something tragic, but almost pure,” sings Collins in the second verse. “I think I could love you, but I’m not sure.” The sense of the tension of a new beginning – that skipped heartbeat full of feeling and knowing.

     In September 2017, the band released their first EP “Everything I Could Never Say…” It features the lead single “Broken” and five new songs. One song, “Emotion,” discusses exes meeting up and going over their issues in the previous relationship; one side specifically wanted emotion all along.
The band will be at the St. Paddy’s Day Parade on March 10 in Scranton. They will also be touring with Australian indie-pop singer Vance Joy on his Two World Tour during his US stint in April and May.

     For all its theatrics, lovelytheband’s debut satisfies an essential part of our complex emotional diet – and we cannot wait to hear what they serve us next.