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.

New videos were released in 2016 for "Take Me In" (directed by Eric Ward) and "Hear You Calling," with the latter earning a 7th place award at Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Competition.



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