lovelytheband Hits Abbey Road for New "Broken" Rendition

lovelytheband Hits Abbey Road for New "Broken" Rendition

Something tells us The Beatles would like lovelytheband, too.

Something tells us The Beatles would like lovelytheband, too.

Text: Teddy Willson

Fresh, contemporary sound meets an iconic, historic time capsule in lovelytheband’s new rendition of their chart-topping hit “broken.” The three-piece indie-pop band headed to none other than Abbey Road to lay down the new version, recording in the famed Studio Two.

The recording studio is largely known as the place where The Beatles recorded some 90 percent of their music. Other multi-generational musical legends have recorded in Studio Two, as well, like Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Oasis and Adele. More closely aligned to lovelytheband’s following are musical acts like The 1975, Ed Sheeran and Panic! At The Disco, all of whom recorded at the Abbey Road studio.

For the occasion, lovelytheband took their smash hit and stripped it down, only to layer on top of it again. The originally poppy and upbeat song took on a slower, refined sound to match the recording environment. Acoustic guitar is complemented by a two-piece string section, while group-wide harmonies take center stage.

Photo: Jesse Deflorio
Photo: Jesse Deflorio

Intentional or not, the band’s music video is an homage to all that has changed since Yellow Submarine and Sgt. Pepper’s. The piano that Paul McCartney played on the recording of The Beatle’s 1968 “Lady Madonna” sits in the corner of the studio with a sign that prohibits its use. Meanwhile, Sam Price of lovely beats on his electronic drum kit in the middle of the large, airy studio. Lead singer Mitchy Collins, in his John Lennon-esque gold-framed eyeglasses, snaps pics of Polaroids on his cell phone. Collins and guitarist Jordan Greenwald gawk at an old photo of The Beatles on their iPhone’s Google image results, turning to look at the very staircase in the background of the timeless photo. The video closes with the trio tracing across the Abbey Road zebra crossing, just as the English rock band did on its famous album cover. Even watching the music video is an intergenerational experience of sorts—it’s an old-school, film-edited video appearing digitally on YouTube.

If the original “broken” is the part in a live show when the crowd gets up to dance, then the stripped-down version is the part where lighters—or nowadays, iPhone flashlights—are waved back and forth.

Below, watch lovelytheband’s modern-day tribute to music history’s past.

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