Venue: The Borderline Support Bands: Versus The Circus Broken Records brought their recent tour to celebrate the release of Let Me Come Home to a packed crowd in the heart of central London. Although providing this writer with a nostalgic reminder of the sad demise of the Astoria, Soho’s less-known venue The Borderline was a more than capable replacement. After discussing a bit of topical trivia in the arctic winds sweeping across Charing Cross Road (Oasis’ Cigarettes and Alcohol video was filmed there) and arriving just in time to hear lead singer Jamie Sutherland making a topical joke about the, ahem, history of the sexual behaviour of the area, my guest and I were delighted to find that The Borderline turned out to be the perfect venue for the Edinburgh sextet. Cosy but with great acoustic, the band’s tight live performance flourished in this intimate arena and all in all, produced a brilliant evening’s entertainment where not even a questionable PA system, the conqueror of many a live show, could ruin things. Playing a mixture of old and new songs, this was a gig that made you feel part of the Broken Records family, and although all songs were performed with aplomb, outstanding mention has to go to latest single ‘A Darkness Rises Up’ and ‘We Don’t Know Your Name’. A lovely personal touch was the band stopping just before the end of their set to announce that they don’t do encore’s, a decision that went down thoroughly well with an audience who loved the band for what they represented – genuine, passionate music played by a bunch of guys who loved to connect with their fans. As the first time seeing this band live, this writer was blown away by the energy that the whole band brought to the performance and the only shame was that the crowd didn’t really follow suit, aside from two avid (or intoxicated) fans who danced and swayed all evening long. To the bands credit, although they were clearly frustrated with this lack of audience involvement (singer Jamie made a light-hearted remark about everyone having ‘worn their hipster trousers’), the Sutherlands et al are still at the stage of their career when they remembered the people who got them there in the first place and when they thanked you for coming at the end of the night, it was obvious it was heartfelt and sincere. Not enough superlatives can be used to describe Broken Records at the moment. They’re well and truly on the rise – and long may it continue.