Broken Bells is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. It is composed of the artist-producer Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (singer and guitarist, leader of the independent band The Shins). Broken Bells composes as a duet, but is completed by a band during his tours. After the success of their debut album titled Broken Bells, Mercer and Burton released a second album in 2014, After The Disco.
The joint project is announced on Thursday 29 September 2009>; the two members decided to work together after their meeting at the Roskilde Festival in 2004, during which they realized that they were fans of their respective work. It takes four more years for them to start working together: the recording begins in secrecy around March 2008, in the Burton studio in Los Angeles. Both artists describe their production as "melodic, but also experimental". On December 14th, the group sent an announcement by e-mail in the form of a binary message which posted The high road is hard to find with a link to the official website, with the colors changed for the occasion, promising "more details ".
December 21 is announced the release of a sign entitled The High Road, distributed free on the official website. The eponymous album is released March 9, 2010 in Canada and the United States. The album sells for 40,000 copies, and reaches seventh place in the Billboard> ranking. Another version of the album is produced, designed to be sold in the form of a music box that plays, when opened, a piece called The Overture (and which was not present on the album ). Before the album Broken Bells, Mercer and Burton had both worked on the title Insane Lullaby from the Dark Night of the Soul album by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. Since then, Broken Bells has played the track many times, often as a tribute to Mark Linkous, the leader of Sparklehorse who committed suicide in early 2010. Mercer and Burton make a video of Insane Lullaby for the NPR.
Broken Bells publishes an EP, Meyrin Fields, March 18, 2011>. On February 14, 2012, in an interview with KINK.FM (Portland local radio station), James Mercer announces a second album>. On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the group announced on its website the release of their second album entitled After the Disco for the month of January 2014. After the Disco is published on February 4, 2014. The same day, they take over Ringo Starr's And I Love Her. The band plays Holding on for Life on March 7, 2014, in an episode of Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.