The Broken Stems

Brad Sweet: Keyboards, Vocals | Jesse Gawlik: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Chelsea Baker: Bass guitar, Vocals | Andrew Bache: Drums, Vocals

Genre: Reggae & Ska, Rock

RIYL: Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Dispatch, Panic at the Disco, Coldwar Kids, Mumford and Sons, Rusted Root, Jimi Hendrix, Jack White, White Stripes, Alt-J

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Inception: San Diego, 2013

Influences: Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd


Based in OB and PB and formed in mid-2013, the Broken Stems is fronted by singer/songwriter guitarist Jesse Gawlik, who launched the band as a reggae project. The sound was revised along with a lineup change that brought in Andrew Bache (drummer/singer), Chelsea Baker (bassist/singer), and Brad Sweet (keyboard/vocals). They cite their influences as including a capella groups, reggae, jazz, blues, hard rock, and soul. "No genre or emotion goes untouched with this band."

Their debut five-song EP We Are Home was released in October 2013. A full-length was recorded in 2015, What Are You Connected.

In 2016, they were chosen as finalists to compete in Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Competition.



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